- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- blue,black,splash,black breasted red,blue red,brassy back,brown red,lemon blue,mottled,red pyle,wheaten,white
- Breed Size:
The Rosecomb is a very old breed of bantam, while little is known of its origins, the name “rosecomb” having been used to describe many bantams with that type of comb, the breed we know today as the Rosecomb is thought to have originated in Great Britain as far back as the 1400’s. In more recent years other breeds, including Hamburgs are known to have been used in Rosecomb breeding programs to improve the breed.
Rosecombs are a true bantam, they do not come in a standard size. Besides their large rose combs, other breed traits include the large round white earlobes, and also the extremely large sickle tail feathers on the males . They come in a wide range of colors with at least 26 listed by the American Bantam Association, though only three are recognized by the APA, Black, Blue and White, Black being the most popular. It is one of the most popular show birds with hobbyists today, and it was shown in the first North American poultry show in 1849.
Rosecombs can be difficult to rear, the males can suffer from poor fertility due to the rosecomb trait, and egg hatchability and chick viability can be poor. But, the adults are hardy birds, and in general a very friendly active happy breed, and extremely popular as a pet and popular in suburban gardens. They do make good foragers, and they tend to be good flyers. The hens are poor to fair layers of small white/cream eggs and they will occasionally go broody, they are usually good mothers.
It was recognized by the APA in 1874.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-rosecomb-bantam.1001843/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White
Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
Breed Colors / Varieties:
blue,black,splash,black breasted red,blue red,brassy back,brown red,lemon blue,mottled,red pyle,wheaten,white
These birds have been a pleasure to raise. Rosecombs take a considerable amount of time to mature and feather out but the reward is well worth the wait for a gorgeous bird. The hens make excellent broodies and the roosters are gentle fathers. The breed tends to be more flighty than my docile cochins but they are in no way mean or aggressive as they are sometimes thought to be. Rosecombs are great foragers and will feed themselves very well when left to free range. They are also good flyers and love to perch up high and belt out a crow to show everyone what powerful little birds they are. These tiny bantams are packed full of personality. They talk to eachother constantly and the rosecomb rooster is always the first to spot a would be predator and let out his warning call. Everyone who stops by my home is impressed with this breed. The rosecomb is a true show stopper.
Recent User Reviews
"Precious little boogers!"
Pros - Gorgeous, ornamental, tiny, cute, friendly, pleasant voices, and big attitude
Cons - None at all!
I got 2 Black Rosecombs this March from a local breeder, and I couldn't be more in love! We have abandoned referring to them as "Rosecombs," instead pinning both pullets with a name that's much more fitting: "big, important people." Shadow and Uni are just so full of zest and sass, you can truly say that they make up in personality what they lack in size. I even caught our people chasing a groundhog into the barn not too long ago! Both weigh around 15.2 oz. at the moment, though they might have a little more growing to do since they're only 16 weeks old. I would DEFINITELY recommend that anyone looking for an entertaining, charming little friend get 2 or 10 of these spectacular midgets.
"So far so good..."
Pros - smart, stick together, watchful, pretty
Cons - people-shy, want to be at top of pecking order
I got a batch of 8 banty eggs, barnyard mix, and hatched out 6 of this breed. The 1 boy has red ears so perhaps he's mixed breed, but he has the size, comb, and classic lines of the photos with red point feathers around his collar and saddle, some feathers on his legs, and holds his wings like others of this breed -- given that the 5 girls are dead ringers for the photos of the black birds of this breed, I think he's at least half Rosecomb. The girls, just starting to lay, have rose combs, beautiful all-black feathers that shimmer iridescent in the sun, light grey to white ears, one has partly feathered legs, and their eggs are rather small and so far the eggs are all white.
So I have some mixed breed, but they have the personalities and traits described as rosecomb. Now that I think of it, the pullet with the feathered legs is most curious/aggressive(?) of them -- she'll dash at my cat, or squirrels, much to their dismay. But I think she just wants to play chest-bump with them. They free-range very well so far, they're watchful, fast as lightning both in the ground and in the air, and quite capable of flight. I was trying to figure out if they're quickens (they're so small, they might as well be part quail, and we watched one take off vertically about 8' in the air today when she was startled!). I don't think they're particularly loud or talkative at all. Maybe I'm used to talkative birds.
Any behavioral oddness might be because mine were hatched and raised by a mixed-breed rhode island red bantam who taught them everything she knows -- she kept them under-wing for 9 weeks. Maybe because they were so small. I was going to say "curious" as a trait, but I think that's just the feather-legged pullet so it may be her mixed breed heritage. But the pullets all want to fight to be on top of the older RIR bantams in the pecking order. The boy is not at all afraid to herd or mount the older ladies even though he's around the same size they are.
One or two started laying at 18 weeks. Eggs, like the birds, are quite small, about half the size of my other banty eggs....hopefully the birds and eggs will get larger.
Pros - Pretty to look at, good broodies, tameable from birth.
Cons - Hard to raise
My hen is a very good broody and even tends some of my Silkie's eggs. She is very nice, friendly and has Black plumage colour so she is pretty to look at. She is not purebreed and has a bit of Orloff in her. (10.8 % Orloff) I was expecting for a Walnut comb but she came out single combed because I didn't want her to have a dangerous gene found in rose combed chickens. Her name is Marsha and she has very very small white earlobes.