Chickens are crazy little creatures if you think about it. For being a small animal with only two scrawny little legs, they can run up to 9 miles per hour. That is fast for an animal who seems unbalanced due to the way they look. One more fact about chickens is that hens (female) and roosters (male) have a distinct wattle, which is that fleshy skin hanging under their beak. The wattles main purpose is to keep the bird cool by redirecting blood flow to the skin. That is enough facts for now though.

My main reason for writing this article is to inform you about the different types of combs chickens can be born with depending on the breed and other factors. There are 8 unique combs that I will briefly talk about. They include the rose, strawberry, silkie, single, cushion, buttercup, pea, and V-shaped combs. All of which are either slightly different or completely different to one another. I will also include a picture of each type of comb so that you can see the difference between the combs.

The first come is a rose comb. This is a solid and almost flat comb. It comes almost to a point in the back of the chicken’s head. It can turn upwards, horizontal, or follow the contours of the head. The top should be slightly convex. It should also be studded with round protuberances. The specific shape can vary depending on the breed of chicken.

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The next comb is the strawberry comb. This comb is farther forward on the chicken’s head. It is called the strawberry comb because the shape and surface resemble a half a strawberry. The largest end is near the beak of the chicken.

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Silkie is the third type of comb. It is a somewhat lumpy, round comb greater in width than length. It is covered with narrow, transverse indentations slightly on top and crossed with a narrow transverse indentation slightly to the front of the comb. Sometimes a crest hides points. They are genetically a rose comb changed by a rose comb plus crest.

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Next comes the single comb. This is the comb that we normally think of when we picture a chicken. It has a soft, smooth texture attached to the beak along the top of the skull with a strong base. The single comb usually has five or six distinct points to it. This comb is always upright, but in males are larger and thicker than their female counterparts. The comb is divided into three sections: the front, the middle, and that extending past the rear base of the skull, the posterior or blade.

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The cushion comb is a low, solid, and is moderately small. It is smooth on top, front, and rear. The sides are nearly straight with rounded corners. It doesn’t have spikes like some of its other counterparts do.

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The next comb consists of a single leader from base of beak to a cup-shaped crown set firmly on the center of the skull. A circle of points surrounds it. The cavity within the circle of points is deep and the texture of the comb is fine. This is called a buttercup comb.

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A medium length comb is the pea. 3 low lengthwise ridges mark the top. The center one is slightly higher than the outer ones. The outer ones are either undulated or marked with small serrations. This is a breed characteristic that is found in Brahmas, Buckeyes, Cornish, Cubalayas and Sumatras.

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Last but not least is the V-shaped comb. This is the easiest to remember because it is the only one completely different from the others. It is formed by two well defined horn like sections that are joined at the base. This can be seen in the Polish, Houdans, Crevecoeur, LeFieche and Sultan chicken breeds.

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I hope that you may have learned something from this article and that it may have inspired you in some way, either to write a homework assignment about chickens or to raise these crazy birds yourself. They are wonderful creatures who are loving and smart. I have had many chickens throughout my life and I found them quite delightful, funny, and great listeners if you can’t afford a psychologist (lol).

To end this article, I think stating more facts about a chicken is the best. First off, the heaviest chicken weighed in around 22lbs and belonged to Grant Sullens of West Point, California. It was a White Sully (breed) and are known to be mean in temper. White Sully have been reported to have killed two cats and wounded a dog. The last fact is the largest chicken egg, which weighed in over 12 ounces and measured 14 inches round.

  • Chicken facts taken from www.animalcorner.co.uk/farm/chickens/chicken_anatomy.html
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