Turkey Chicken Thing

To show a friend how to do that method of modeling where you extrude verticies (I always called it per-vertex modeling until I found out that was to do with shaders.) And I came up with this Turkey chicken thing. But now I’m taking it a bit further and I’m turing it into an actual render. So here he is in the Works in Progress section. I want to add feathers but I don’t know how to make particles show a texture. Is this possible?
Any helpful critisism or ideas about making feathers would be appreciated.