Rosecomb - Chicken

Rosecomb Details

Uses
Exhibition
Origin
Great Britain
Class
True Bantam
Colour
White, black, blue, cuckoo, columbian, black-red, birchen
Comb
Rose
Eggs
White, cream
Weight, cock
0.6 kg
Weight, hen
0.5 kg
Parentage
Unknown
Sitter?
A non-sitter
Autosexable?
No
Breed Club

The Rosecomb Bantam Club

Breed Ratings
Temperament
Hardiness
Egg Laying
Table Value
Flightiness
Brooding

Rosecomb Description

The Rosecomb is known to have existed since at least 1483. It is a true bantam breed meaning it has no large-fowl counterpart. They are not particularly flighty or aggressive and have been developed purely for the exhibition scene and should be maintained and bred to the highest standards to ensure the breed retains the near perfect attributes that have been achieved so far. To ensure plumage remains unbroken and lobes remain undamaged, specimens destined for a show should be kept isolated in a small sheltered pen. Solid sides rather than wire or weld mesh will help to prevent wear and tear to lobes and plumage. Ideally the pen should be situated where the birds cannot be startled by predators or cats and perches should be situated close to the floor and far enough away from the wall to ensure their long tail has plenty of room. This will help to prevent the sickles becoming worn or broken.

 

Rosecomb must be correctly proportioned and correctly coloured. The back should form a smooth sweeping curve from the head to the tail. The tail must not be held at a sharp angle to the back, instead it must curve gracefully from the back to the tip. Black birds have black legs and feet while the white variety has white legs and feet. Ear lobes are white. The comb which is a ‘rosecomb’ is small with even workings and a single straight leader that runs level with the top of the comb. The quality of the comb and earlobes are important attributes of the breed that come under much scrutiny. The tail is very large, held well behind the body and must not be held too high. The Rosecomb can be found in black, white and blue. The blue was initially created from a Black Rosecomb x Bantam Blue Andalusian mating.


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