A Healthy Hen Comb

Posted 10th April 2015 11:05am by

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.

Visit our Hen Health page for more advice, view our Hen Examination Guidelines or click here to Find Your Nearest Hen Friendly Vet.

If you would like to ask Gaynor a hen health question please email gaynor.davies@bwht.co.uk or call Hen Central on 01884 860084. To support our Advice Line we ask for a nominal donation to help fund this service, so that we can continue to help your hens.