Pea comb

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A silver and black ameraucana cock looking towards the camera mid-step. His pea comb goes about an inch from his beak to between his eyes, where a chicken's forehead would be.
A Silver Ameraucana cock with a pea comb, typical to the breed

A pea comb is one type of chicken combs. It manifests as three connected rows of caruncles in the form of conjoined pea-like protrusions. Pea combs begin at the base of the beak and extend towards the top of a chicken's head.[1] Pea combs are smaller than other combs length-wise and do not extend upwards. More prominent types of combs are more likely to suffer from frostbite, leading to theories that pea combs may be beneficial for breeds common in colder climes.[2] This type of comb is present in Araucana, Ameraucana, Buckeye, Brahma, Cornish, and Cubalaya breeds.


  1. ^ L., Heather. "The 9 Comb Types". Backyard Chickens. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ Mormino, Kathy Shea (2013-12-26). "Frostbite in Backyard Chickens: Causes, Treatment & Prevention". The Chicken Chick. Retrieved 2017-04-13.