I am reading The Mill on the Floss, which was written by George Eliot in 1860. The author mentions a chicken owned by a 'gentleman farmer' in England called a Friesland hen. She goes on to describe it as, "with their feathers all turned the wrong way." The first thing I thought was it was some kind of Frizzle, but it was hard to find anything online. I did find a breed called a Friesian - says it is old and from Holland, but does not mention feathers turned the wrong way. Anyway, thought it was interesting - has anyone ever heard of a Friesland chicken??