I’d posted a couple months ago about the many varieties of new chicks we’d brought home. They are now big enough that I opened the trap door on their playpen so they can learn to wander among the big grownup chickens. They run around in tight little packs, following whoever runs the fastest, sure that that person must know where she is going.
As they gradually mature, the distinct characteristics of each breed begin to present themselves. One has the most interesting tuft of feathers on the top of her head. We have given her the name, “Tophat.” She is front and center in this photo. As I look closer, it appears that a second hen also is developing this feature. I should do some digging and find out which of the breeds we bought have fluffy heads when they grow up. Anyone out there know the answer?