They say that hair is the person’s crowning glory. The same applies to chickens too. It makes the chickens look better and helps them create good impression. An article from typesofchicken.com describes the nine types of chicken combs that are widely recognized.
Easily recognized in the Chantecler breed, the Cushion combs are small and round in shape. They don’t have any ridges and begin at the top of the beak and do not go far above the head.
The Pea Comb is also one of the smallest combs around. It has three small ridges and it starts at the top of the head and goes down to the beak. From the three ridges, the one in the middle should be the biggest one. Breeds such as Americana, Buckeye and Cornish have this type of combs.
The most recognizable combs and the ones we usually see in cartoon chicken characters, the Single Combs as their name say carry one comb and start from the rear of the head of the chicken and end up at the top of the beak. Single Combs can be stretched and stay straight forward or flop on the sides. Breeds like Australorp, Orpington, Rhode Island and much more have the Single Comb.
The Buttercup Combs have two sides with two big ridges that start at the ends of each side and smaller ridges between them. Resembling a crown, the Buttercup Combs are named after the Sicilian Buttercup chicken breed which is recognized by the same type of comb.
Medium-sized combs that have the texture like the outside of a walnut shell – therefore the name. The Silkies are commonly known for having this kind of comb.
Rose Combs start at the top of the beak in a tube that is covered in rounded wrinkles. This is what takes up about 2/3 of the comb. Above the chicken’s head, the shape changes and a tube shape is formed. Breeds that have a rose comb are Dominiques, Sebrights and Wyandottes.
The Yokohama and Malay’s chicken breeds are known for having this kind of combs. Small and rough, the Strawberry Combs have a lot of small lumps that make them resemble a strawberry.
The Horn Combs divide into two lines, which make them resemble a horn or the letter “V.” They can be both small and large in size and are found in breeds such as Appenzeller, Crevecoeur, Houdan, La Fleche and Sultan.
Silkie Combs are one of the two types of combs that can be found in the Silkie chicken breed, the other one being the Walnut Combs. Equipped with a few rear points, these combs are lumpy and round as well as wider than they are long.