Rooster Comb Care
By Ron McKibben The comb, believe it or not, has more function than form when it comes to chickens. It’s more than a fancy top hat or proof of superiority. It’s actually a tool chickens use to cool off because they cannot sweat. When blood is pumped into the comb, it cools before it is recirculated through the body. This also means the comb is a great indicator of overall health. If the comb is lighter or darker than usual, or sagging more than upright, it may be a sign that you have a sick chicken, so taking care of your rooster comb is important to help you catch early signs of illness.
Ron McKibben is a photographer based in Florida.
Originally published in the February/March 2016 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine.