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The Four Classes Of Combs

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H. S. Babcock, writing in The Fancier's Review, reduces the variety of combs upon our f o wis to f our dassen: Firet, the single comb of the original progenitor of our domestic fowls and the type toward which other combs constantly tend to revert. It is npright, shoold be straight, and normally is serrated apon the upper edge. The tendency to revert to this type manifests itself even in old breeds. Second, the rose comb, which differs from the single in being broader, flat upon the upper surface and usually terminafcing in a spike at the rear. The upper snrface is generally covered with small points or corrugations, and is described by the English fancier as being "full of work." One of the most peculiar fonns of this comb is that known as the "cup comb," which is found on the Sicilians. The comb is round, hollowed out like a cup or saucer, and the outer edge covered with small points. Third, the pea comb, which is the triple comb of the Bramah and round upon Indian games, and bred upon the more recent varietáes of the Plymonth Bocks. It has not been inaptly compared to three single combs pressed together at the rear and front, with the middle one the highest. Pea combed varieties have great reputations as winter layers, and this reputatdon has doubtless been deserved through the immunity from frost which the comb gives. The f ourth is known as the leaf comb. The true leaf comb would be, of course, two single combs pressed together at one edge and opening outwardly, a style of comb which is rarely seen, but from which, in all probability , the cömbs of the Polish and Houdan and even the upright horns of the La Fleche have been evolved. The typical leaf comb of our day is that of the Houdan, two horns more or less sprigged like the antlers of a deer.


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