Poultry Gallery - Chicken Heads
Anyone wishing to keep poultry is spoilt for choice when it come to choosing a breed. There are over one hundred recognised breeds of chicken and many of these are available in several varieties, differing in colour and plumage pattern. There is also the option of hybrids and crossbreeds. The head can sometimes define the breed itself and also provide a valuable insight into the bird's general health and overall quality.
Eyes are not always set the same in a chicken's head; they are sometimes surrounded by heavy brows, wrinkled facesor crests. The thing to avoid once a bird starts to mature, is what is known as a 'snipey' head. This can occur in any breed and is characterised by a dull-looking eye and an elongated and often over-curved beak.
There are many different comb types. E.g. Single Combs, Rosecomb, Pea Combs, V-shaped (or Horned Combs), Walnut Combs, Leaf Comb, Mulberry Comb, Cup Combs.
Wattles are the appendages which hang down beneath the beak of a chicken. They are usually coloured red and can vary in size from long, on the light Mediterranean breeds, to small on Malay and other Game breeds. A further variation is provided by breeds such as Favorelles which feature beards and mufflings.