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The 9 Comb Types

An illustrated guide to the 9 different comb types
  1. Lothiriel
    1. The Single

    The single comb is the most common. It is a simple straight row of spikes beginning at the bird's nostrils and sweeping back its head.

    "Pearl," winner of the single comb contest, owned by elsasmom

    Click here to see more single combs!

    2. The Buttercup
    The buttercup comb is quite the novel headgear for poultry, and is reserved for the breed that carries its name. In appearance, the buttercup comb has a very small single comb in the center, with a larger one on either side.

    3. The Pea
    Pea combs often have 3 rows of "peas" side by side, although sometimes there is only 1 row. The "peas" are little bumps, usually quite uniform in shape and size. As the bird matures the comb grows, sometimes losing its neat, ordered appearance and becoming a large blob on the head.

    "Louie," winner of the pea comb contest, owned by moomee56:

    Click here to see more pea combs!

    4. The Rose
    Rose combs are usually rather flat and close to the bird's head. Sometimes it will form a point and extend further back than the rest of the comb.

    "Puddin," winner of the rose comb contest, owned by shepan2:



    Click here to see more rose combs!

    5. The Strawberry
    Strawberry combs are very similar to rose combs, except that they form no point and are not as flat. They are raised higher and sometimes resemble strawberries, hence the name.

    6. The Cushion
    This type is also similar to the rose comb, only cushion combs are rounded and smaller than the rose. They also have no point.

    7. The V
    Breeds with V combs have the appearance of little devils, with their long red "horns."

    8. The Walnut
    Walnut combs look almost exactly like their namesake. Big, pitted, and round, they can grow to shocking size and nearly cover their bearer's face.

    "Elliot," winner of the walnut comb contest, owned by BarnGoddess01:


    Click here to see more walnut combs!

    9. The Carnation
    The Carnation comb is somewhat rare and found on the Empordanesa and Penedesenca breeds. It is a single comb with two side sprigs on either side of the back of the comb.

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  1. chicken4prez
    Beautiful page 1st place for me!
  2. artblueggwanter
  3. Shahann
    Great post. LOVE the drawings. Thank you for the explanations.
  4. EggSlayer
  5. UrbanChickenKid
    That was really good! I have to learn all this stuff for 4H and this really helped
  6. hililyhilo
    Lothiriel - This was super helpful and your drawings are excellent! Thank you!
  7. ChickenCanoe
    Lothiriel, I really appreciate your work. Thank your for your recognition of the carnation comb.
    Actually there should be more than 2 side sprigs. 2 would qualify it but the back of the comb should open up like a flower or resemble a crown (king's crest]. The front of the rooster's comb stands tall as a single comb. The hens, on the other hen have a comb that flops over to one side with the same side sprigs at the back.
  8. Chickenfan4life
    LOved this article, and the drawings were very nicely done!!! :D
  9. chicknfun
    Great drawings!!
  10. vickichicki
    Thanks for this article. The links to see the comb on various chickesn helps too, so you can see the variations in sizing and colours. Would be great to see a page like this with chicks on it too. I have some I can not work out what combs they have.
    When they eventually start maturing, I can make my determination based on this page. Thanks!!!!

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