And look! Its wings have grown larger now. It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
If Only is completely and utterly convinced that his life would have gone different if he'd been female. In a clan dominated by dragonesses like Delirium, Fumee, and Jadzia, If Only is convinced that a little male hatchling like himself simply doesn't get a break. If someone points at male leaders among the clan like Nick Fury, John Denver, or Celebeorn, If Only is quick to point out that those are obvious exceptions that prove the rule.