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

Yes, we know that all chickens have a chicken comb, but there are still many FAQs about it in everyone’s mind. Few common questions arise are:

In this guide, we have explained all about a chicken comb and tried to answer some common questions about it.

After reading this article, you will quickly identify your chicken’s comb and know more about it. The chicken’s comb is not only a show; it has some role in their life.

Knowing about every health aspect of your flocks is essential. If you are a newbie chicken raiser, this guide will help you in your daily farming.

What is a Chicken Comb?

The chicken comb is a fleshy mass on the head of most of the chicken breeds. It has some essential body functions which help them for their growth and survival. Chicken does not like it if you touch them.

Almost all chicken breeds have combs, but they may differ in types, shapes, and colors. Some chicken breeds like Ayam Cemani and Indian Kadaknath have almost black combs.

Some people call chicken to comb a chicken crown. Because of this, the types of chicken combs are classified according to their shape and structure.

Why Do Chickens Have Combs? – Benefits

The chicken comb is known as a type of sensory organ. It is sensitive, so even friendly chickens do not like it if you touch it.

Identify Sex in Early Weeks

The chicken comb is very helpful for chicken raisers to identify pullets and cockerels at an early age. In almost every chicken breed, the comb grows with the age of the fowl.

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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.

Indicates Chickens Health

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

A healthy chicken 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 chicken comb, you must know there’s something wrong with that chicken. That boy or girl may have worm problem, heatstroke, and any other issue like vitamin deficiencies.

Attracts Hens towards Roosters and Vice Versa

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 hens are attracted to roosters that are healthy and robust.

As we now know that a beautiful chicken 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. 

The chicken comb helps them live comfortably in winter by saving them from frostbite, and in summer, it keeps the body cool. We can say the chicken combs are the ultimate lifesaver organ.

9 Types of Chicken Comb

Know all about different types of chicken combs:

1. Single Comb

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A rooster with single comb

A single comb on a chicken skull is the most common type of chicken comb. This type of comb is found in about 70-80% of chicken breeds.

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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.

Name of Chicken Breed with Single Comb

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

2. Rose Comb

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A Wyandotte chicken 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.

Name of Chicken Breed with Rose Comb

Hamburg, Red Cap, Wyandotte, Sebright.

3. 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 comb is smooth and has a unique look.

Name of Chicken Breed with Cushion Comb

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

4. Buttercup Comb

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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.

Name of Chicken Breed 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.

Name of Chicken Breed with Strawberry Comb

Malays, Yokohamas chicken.

6. Pea Comb

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A Brahma chicken with pea comb

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

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

Name of Chicken Breed with Pea Comb

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

7. Walnut Comb

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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 in shape, 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.

Name of Chicken Breed with Walnut Comb

Silkies, Orloff’s.

8. V-Shaped Comb

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Crevecoeur chicken picture showing v-shaped comb

The V-shaped chicken comb 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.

Name of Chicken Breed with V-Shaped Comb

Crevecoeurs, Appenzellers, Sultans.

9. Carnation Comb

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Chicken with Carnation Comb (Source: backyardchickens)

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

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

Name of Chicken Breed with Carnation Comb

Penedesenca, Empordanesa.

Why do chicken combs look so different from one another?

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