Pretty bird

We were visiting friends the other week and somewhere between conversations concerning plying and hem-stitching (sheep-to-shawl team preparations were the focus of the visit) I managed to slip away to take a few photos. This obliging white hybrid was determined to pose. Did you know that you can determine whether a hen will lay brown or white eggs by looking at the color of her ear lobes (the patches of pigmented skin just back of the eyes)? The general rule is that if she has white lobes (like this girl) she’ll lay white eggs, and if she has red lobes she’ll lay brown eggs. Also, there are eight different types of comb among the many poultry breeds – as a hybrid, this hen sports something between a single and a buttercup comb.

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