Chickens with Hair on Their Heads

Firstly, it’s best to establish something – chickens don’t have hair. When talking about “hair” on a chicken’s head, we are talking about feathers that appear similar to hair. Now that any potential confusion has been nipped in the bud, let’s get to the topic.

While most chickens have a red-colored comb on their heads, some stand out with a unique set of head feathers. These feathers can be the shape of an afro (Silkies), have tufts that reach around their ears (Araucana), or come in a wide variety of upward-pointed crests (every crested chicken breed). These chickens’ head feathers will make you do a double take.

Chickens with Hair on Head

List of Chickens with “Hair” on Their Heads

Most of the chicken breeds that have unique-looking feathers on their head are crested chickens, but some chicken breeds, like the Silkie and the Araucana, also have interestingly feathered heads that make them stand out.

Crested Chickens

  • Annaberger Haubenstrupphuhn
  • Appenzeller Spitzhauben
  • Brabanter
  • Burmese
  • Crèvecœur
  • Houdan
  • Kosova Long-crowing
  • Kraienkopp
  • Nederlandse Uilebaard
  • Padovana
  • Pavlovskaya
  • Polish
  • Polverara
  • Posavska Kukmasta Kokoš
  • Sultan
  • Ukrainian Crested

Other Chicken Breeds with Hair on Their Heads

  • Altsteirer
  • Araucana
  • Ayam Cemani
  • Beijing You
  • Cochin
  • Easter Egger
  • Frizzle
  • Orloff
  • Silkie
  • Thuringian

Problems Faced by Chickens with Crazy Hair on Their Heads

These amazing hairdos on these chicken breeds aren’t without some severe complications. These chickens must be carefully managed lest their beautiful feathers become more troublesome than their worth. Issues faced by them include:

  • Impaired Vision – These head feathers often end up covering most of these chicken’s eyes, causing their eyesight to be obscured. As a result, these chickens are easily startled, fail to react to their surroundings, and are often easy victims to predators like foxes and coyotes. 
  • Infection by Insects – The crest feathers can attract insects like lice and mites, especially if they aren’t regularly groomed and brushed. 
  • Frostbite –  During the cold season, water drops left after drinking can often freeze up on the feathers, causing them to fall or get plucked off. This will expose more of the chicken’s skin, potentially inflicting frostbite. Frostbite causes skin exposed to ice to become darker and brittle, even shattering in extreme cases.
  • Forming a Habit of Plucking Feathers – Chickens are curious birds and love to pluck at any object that piques their interest – including the feathers on their head if they have never seen them. This is especially common when the feathers get frayed in the summer or wet in the rain. Not only could they accidentally pluck important feathers like pin feathers, but this could also lead to skin exposure in unwanted areas.

Caring for Chickens with Unusual Hair on Their Heads

Fortunately, it is possible to care for these birds so that the above instances do not occur. 

  • Groom the chicken’s head feathers regularly, if possible, daily to keep them clean.
  • Unless you plan to enter your chicken in a show or exhibition, trim the feathers around its head. This will improve its vision and help maintain its hygiene.
  • Alternatively, it is possible to tie back their feathers in a ponytail, but this comes with its own issues. If the material used to bind the feathers is uncomfortable, they may try to remove it.

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