Little dinosaurs getting some garden time.  They still live in the house.  This was the first time I introduced Corvi, the adult hen.  She wanted nothing to do with them and ran back to her coop.

The babies are 4 Thai gamefowl pullets and one Iowa blue; the one with the most black on her face.  The Thai birds already have a green-black sheen to their first ratty baby feathers; they may be beauties.


Fowl!  I have shiny black hens.  The babies’ voices haven’t changed yet, and these are their scruffy chick feathers, but they’re already shiny purple-green!  Pretty birds.

The lefthand four in the lower pic are Thai gamefowl pullets; the one in front is an Iowa blue.  Corvi, the hen in back is a black australorp.  She’s shiny, too.

why are all cartoon chickens the same when
  • hens can have large wattles, ear lobes, and combs. some hens will harve larger ones than most roosters.
  • combs can stand straight and also flop to the side. a floppy comb does not necessarily mean an ill chicken.
  • there are dozens of different types of combs, but only one type of wattle. 
  • ear lobes can be red, paper white, or even blue.
  • certain chicken breeds have more than four toes.
  • cockerels have longer cape, hackle, sickle, and saddle feathers. the size of their tail is generally the same as a hen’s but sickle feathers give it the appearance of being longer and more extravagant.
  • the most typical chicken colouration is partridge. few bird species outside of production species are a solid white.
  • beak size, shape, and colour varies even within a species.
  • roosters and hens both have spurs. 
  • only gamefowl and true bantams have a slender build. most of the rest are fat and round.
  • some chickens have beards instead of wattles.
  • chicks have their own colourations, too. some are reddish, some have spots, not every single one is a solid pale yellow.