And look! It has grown wings! 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.
This happy young female loves making nests, and not just for herself. Often seen gathering the softest of feathers and ferns, she will arrange them into nests that are both beautiful and exquisitely comfortable around herself, other eggs and hatchlings, and even bemused adult dragons several thousand times her size, although she usually comes to a dismayed stop several minutes into working on the latter type. Her personal nest is often mistaken for that of a much larger dragon, as it's big enough to fit an adult Black dragon.