Painting the bottom of the chicken costume white would look okay, but a little texture goes a long way! I used my wood burner to burn feather shapes onto the costume. The shapes are actually fish scales, but they'll do fine for this. Here is our young lady after about 45 minutes of "burning" feathers onto her suit bottoms. You can see I've also added a few suspender buttons which will stand out with a little paint. Again, adding these miscellenaeous details will help compensate for the absence of other fine details. Remember this character is not the star of the piece!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.