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.
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.