Nothing more stereotypically depicts country living than a weather sitting proudly atop a barn, house, or other outbuilding on a farm. (Growing up in Iowa, we had an Arabian horse weathervane on top of our horse barn.) There's just something about a weathervane that makes the building, and indeed the whole farm, more charming.
One of the more popular animals to traditionally grace the top of weathervanes is the chicken, and since I have an affinity towards chickens, I'm always drawn to poultry related items.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) has a small, but wonderful, collection of chicken shaped weathervane toppers, and I couldn't resist snapping a couple of photos on a recent visit there.
***What are your favorite toppers for weathervanes?