Rosecomb Bantams

A Rare Breed of British Origin

Rosecomb cockerel
Black Rosecomb cockerel.

The Rosecomb is a true bantam with no large fowl equivalent. It is a fancier’s breed with little other use than winning prizes at shows. The birds weigh only around 500 grams and therefore are cheap to keep and breed – compared to the heavy breeds which eat large quantities of food. The males’ tails are very big and need special protection for them to be show-worthy, making them a less than ideal breed for beginners. They do, however, win major prizes.

Rosecombs are flighty and hardly ever make good mothers. Due to their small size they wouldn’t even cover three large breed eggs. Rosecombs come in Black, Blue, White and Splash with Black being the most common colour.

In a backyard situation they add an interesting shape. They eat bugs and grubs without doing much damage to a garden. Their comparatively tight feathering makes them reasonably weather-tight so they can roost in trees all year round.

Polish pullet
Black Rosecomb pullet.
Polish rooster
A close to perfect head with
the top of the rose comb
perfectly level.
Thanks to Marina Steinke for supplying the above information and photographs.

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