Your Chickens - - Charlotte's -


I find hens’ combs end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing. The ma­jor­ity of my hens have sin­gle combs, as do all hy­brids, but they can vary in size and shape; Leghorn based hy­brids may have combs that flop over; the Cream Leg­bars have dif­fer­ing combs, de­pend­ing on the in­flu­ence of the Leghorn on which it is partly based. The big­gest comb on any of my hens was on a Cream Leg­bar and it just grew big­ger and big­ger. Hens’ combs have two func­tions; firstly they ex­ist to keep a chicken cool in hot weather. Chick­ens can’t pant like other an­i­mals but the blood cir­cu­lates in tiny blood ves­sels from the comb to the wat­tles and al­lows the blood to be cooled by the air be­fore it trav­els to other parts of the body. The se­cond rea­son for the comb is to at­tract a mate. The big­ger the comb the more at­trac­tive it will be to the cock­erel; if you don’t have a cock­erel then the hen with the big­gest comb might just be­come the most dom­i­nant in your flock and take its place at the top of the peck­ing or­der!

The gi­gan­tic comb on one of my Cream Leg­bars

Another Cream Leg­bar with a bizarre comb flop­ping over her beak

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