A healthy hen comb and should be red, plump and glossy (this often denotes she’s in lay). Have you ever wondered what the function of a hens’s comb is?
The comb sits on top of the hen’s head and is used to help regulate the hens temperature. Caged hens often have large floppy combs to allow them to cool down. If it’s pale, but plump it probably means she’s healthy but off lay. If it becomes dry, shriveled or flaky; that’s an indicator of poor health and it might be prudent to seek advice.
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