Hi All, I have a question that people may not be able to answer. I thought I should ask though. I am curious about the leg/foot feathering of the Brahmas and Cochin. Both of these are appealing breeds to me at that moment, but I have noted some comments about this feathering being a problem when birds are kept in a yard, not confined, because of it getting covered in mud. On the other hand it looks to be a good idea in the winter. Ptarmigan in the arctic and northern prairies use this same strategy to deal with the cold and snow. Any ideas as to dominance or recessiveness genetically? How is this trait passed on? Is it male or female dominant? Do these breeds pass this on when crossed with another? I was just thinking about possible results with a mixed flock. I will start with Chanteclers, but am curious about a couple of other breeds as well. Thanks for all of your thoughts.