First of all, we picked up the mommy hen and looked at her feathers. We noted how they were layered on top of one another and decided this must be to keep the hen dry. We looked at the difference between back and breast feathers.
We also compared the baby chicks feathers to the hens. We noticed that the baby chicks are covered with down and the first true feathers to develop were the wing feathers. Down is different from feathers. It lacks the quill and web.
After examining the birds we took a walk around the yard to collect some feathers to examine and tape in our nature notebooks. We found several feathers with beautiful patterns. Our chickens are part game and they usually have very colorful markings.
We placed the feathers in out notebooks and the boys drew a diagram of a feather and labeled the web, fluff and web.
The smallest feathers had beautiful markings on the web