Chicken Comb: Types, Color, Benefits, Pictures, and FAQs

Do you want to know all about chicken comb? In this guide, you will learn about the types of chicken combs, their importance, pictures, and FAQs.

You will also understand the type of chicken’s comb and how to care for it. A comb in the chicken’s head plays a significant role in their life.

This guide will help you understand various things about your roosters and hens comb. The most common example is frostbite in chickens’ combs, which we have covered in this guide.

What is a Chicken Comb?

All chickens have a fleshy mass on their head called the comb. It has some essential body functions that help chickens to grow and survive.

Combs are also popularly known as chicken’s crown. A comb is present in all chicken’s head, but they may be different types, shapes, or colors.

Some chicken breeds like Ayam Cemani and Indian Kadaknath have almost black combs. Therefore, the types of chicken comb are classified according to their shape and structure.

All chickens are sensitive to the comb, so they do not want anyone to touch it. Single, rose, cushion, buttercup, strawberry, pea, walnut, v comb, carnation are various chicken comb types.

What Are Chicken Combs Used For?

The comb is a type of sensory organ in chickens, that’s why it is sensitive. Even friendly chickens will not like it if you touch it.

Identify Sex in Early Weeks

The chicken comb is a good way for chicken raisers to tell the difference between pullets and cockerels at a young age. Almost each of the breeds carries a comb that grows with the age.

Combs start growing on chicken skulls at a minimum age, so you can quickly identify which one is a pullet and cockerel after 4–8 weeks of age. 

Sexing chicken is the most essential thing in poultry farming for identifying roosters and hens in the early life stage.

Indicate Chickens Health

Most researchers believe that the average health of a chicken can be analyzed by looking at their comb. However, it’s not a perfect method to diagnose all health problems.

A healthy comb looks fleshy, with a good structure. The color may vary from light red to deep red in a few black chicken breeds; the comb is black.

If you see a skinny, ugly dry, faded comb, you must know there’s something wrong with that chicken. That rooster or hen may have worm infestation, heatstroke, anemia, vitamin deficiencies and other health issues.

Roosters and Hens Attracts Each Others

It is also mentioned in some research that the larger the size of the chicken comb, the higher testosterone level in their body. Most of the roosters and hens attract each other using their combs.

As we now know that a beautiful comb is a sign of healthy chicken, it attracts hens towards roosters. It is indirectly helpful for good breeding purposes.

Regulates Body Temperature

The comb on chicken heads is a natural heat control organ for chickens. Like humans, chickens do not sweat, so they need comb and wattles for regulating body temperature.

It automatically indicates the extreme climate, and their body adjusts the heating and cooling mechanism. 

Mostly, chicken comb help them to live comfortable during hot summers. It keeps their body cool in hot weathers.

9 Types of Chicken Comb

Below you will know about different types of roosters and hens comb:

1. Single Comb

 Single Comb
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A rooster with single comb

The most common type of comb is a single comb on a chicken skull. This type of comb is found in between 70 and 80 percent of chicken breeds.

It looks like an actual comb with a thin-shaped flesh with pointed tops. The bottom part of the single comb covers a small and thin area on the head.

The gaps between the top look like multiple twisted V, and the color is mostly red. You can see a black comb in a few chicken breeds like Ayam Cemani and Kadaknath, but the shape and structure are almost the same.

In some breeds, single comb is very thin, so they become bend downward.

Popular Breeds with Single Comb

Ayam Cemani, Rhode Island Red, Leghorns, Minorcas, Ancona, Australorps, Delaware, Orpingtons, Cochin’s, Salmon Faverolle, New Hampshire Reds, Speckled Sussex, Turkens.

2. Rose Comb

Rose Comb
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A Wyandotte with rose comb

The chicken rose comb is flat, solid in structure, and broad in look. It helps the chickens from freezing climates and frostbite. 

This type of comb has a base with spiked flesh and bumpy mass. Rose comb or crown are beautiful ones.

Popular Breeds with Rose Comb

Hamburg, Red Cap, Wyandotte, Sebright.

3. Cushion Comb

Cushion Comb
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Chantecler chicken with cushion comb picture (Source: Flickr)

The cushion comb in chickens is a small round button-shaped flesh, sitting low on the head. It has no spikes or V shape comb structure. 

The texture of this type of chicken crown is smooth and has a unique look.

Popular Breeds with Cushion Comb

It is not a common type of comb, rarely found in breeds like Chantecler chickens.

4. Cushion Comb

Cushion Comb of chickens
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Sicilian Buttercup chicken

The buttercup comb looks like a single, double comb, but the crown is bent in slight U shape from the center.

This is a very rare type of crown that is seen in only the chicken breed, the Sicilian Buttercup.

Popular Breeds with Buttercup Comb

Sicilian Buttercup chicken.

5. Strawberry Comb

Yokohama mChickens With Strawberry Comb
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The strawberry comb is another unique type of chicken crown present over the top of the beak. 

The shape and structure of the comb look like a strawberry. It is away from the center top of the chicken’s skull.

Popular Breeds with Strawberry Comb

Malays, Yokohamas chicken.

6. Pea Comb

A Brahma chicken with pea comb
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A Brahma with pea comb

The pea comb is another medium size chicken crown that sits low on the head. It has three lengthwise ridges.

The ridges on the center part are slightly more prominent than the outer ones. It also looks like a row of small peas.

Popular Breeds with Pea Comb

Aseel, Cornish, Cubalaya, Easter Egger, Brahma, Shamo, Sumatra, Yokohama Buckeye.

7. Walnut Comb

Walnut Comb of a Silkie chicken
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It is one of the popular types of chicken comb, which is present in only a few chicken breeds. The structure of the crown looks like a walnut kernel or meat.

According to APA standards, the walnut crown must be set firmly and evenly on the head. Also, it must be circular, broader, and small nodules like structure above it.

It should be transversely across from the middle, rising at the nostril point and extending backward parallel with the front eyes.

Popular Breeds with Walnut Comb

Silkies, Orloff’s.

8. V-Shaped Comb

Crevecoeur v-shaped comb
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Crevecoeur showing V-shaped comb

The V-shaped comb in chicken is also known as Devil’s Horn. It is a rare type of chicken crown, which is seen in few chicken breeds.

In reality, it does not look like a comb because it has two thick points extended upward. The crown looks like a horn present in goats and sheep.

Popular Breeds with V-Shaped Comb

Crevecoeurs, Appenzellers, Sultans.

9. Carnation Comb

Chicken with Carnation Comb
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Carnation Comb (Source: backyardchickens)

The other name of the Carnation comb is the King comb. It is another rare shape found in very few chicken breeds.

It has a little curved shape, and the number of spikes is more in this chicken comb than a single one.

Popular Breeds with Carnation Comb

Penedesenca, Empordanesa.

Common FAQs

What are the signs of an unhealthy chicken comb?

An unhealthy chicken comb can be with blood clots, pox lumps, discolored/white patched, or pale. You may see some unknown new signs.

The discolored and white patches are common cause of anemic chicken. Lumps on the comb may be a sign of bacterial and viral infections like pox.

You may see some unhealthy bleeding on comb with injury which is sign of aggressive roosters which fights a lot.

Can a chicken live without a comb?

Yes, a chicken can live without a comb. It does not have any major functioning for living except body temperature control, specially in summer.

Will chicken comb grow back?

Once comb fall, injured or damaged because of any reason, it will never grow back. The permanent damage to comb never cause the daily activity of the chicken.

Why do chicken combs look so different from one another?

The comb is a type of organ in chickens. Like different people have different colors and body structures, chickens also have extra combed because of genetic coding.

You can see in many characteristics like naked-neck turken chickens hatch siblings with red-colored naked necks, but a standard chicken breed has kids like them.

So, due to various types of genes, chicken combs look different from one another.

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I am Bijaya Kumar and I have been raising chickens for the last 10 years. Backyard poultry farming has been our family business for the last 30 years. We raise multiple chicken breeds in their backyard.

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