I am learning stuff all over! I had no idea it was normal for both sexes, but then I never see the skin on my other chickens haha. Marshmallow indeed has a rose comb, I thought it might be cushion or pea, but I don't know the parent stock and have raised very few chicks that didn't have single combs. If the rose comb has a leader, can you see that young or does it grow in?
If Tugboat is crested I haven't noticed, they looked just like Werewolf for a long time. Werewolf only recently started being the bigger of the two... Tugboat is also feathering out much slower, so I've started putting in two feeders just in case. Werewolf might just be something else, though, they've gotten huge and are feathering out head and shoulders above the rest. I'm glad they seem to be in good shape!
There's no pea comb in that pen, only single or rose. OK confession time.. have seen 'leader' used a few times but never figured out exactly what part of comb that is...
Haha yeah the blushing thing surprises people, even seasoned poultry keepers.
It's the little tiny cowlick on Tugboat. That's the evidence of Crest gene being present. Several of the hens in the pen are crested, it came from the Houdan in their background a ways back. It will be a tiny crest however if you like crests, he will be useful for bringing back fuller crests in future generations.
Yep the hens I suspect as mother of Werewolf are pretty big, Tugboat's more like a standard weight but pretty tall.. Marshmallow has some Wyandotte in her, those hens are mostly very fluffy and decent weight. You'd never figure it was actually blue laced red wyandottes by their colors though, ha... Some of those also like to go broody and so far have proved to be excellent mothers.