I was reading the SOP the other day, and I found the section in disqualifications regarding the telescoping pea comb. That's where there is an indentation at the back of the comb. One of my cockerels has this fault. I have standard dark Cornish, 3 pullets and 3 cockerels.
I have a choice of 3 roosters. The "best" one is too red, he has an odd colour. The second best one, almost as good as the first in size and shape, has good colour but he has that telescoping comb. The third rooster is small, but has an OK comb and good colour. I'm still trying to figure out proper wing carriage, I 'm not sure I understand what not carrying the wings on the back means. (?). I don't think my cornish have proper wing carriage based on what I think I'm reading in the SOP.
Pullet wise, one seems pretty good, good size and colour. One is in between, and one has good lacing, a bit light in colour but is small.
Is the telescoping comb a recessive trait? I couldn't find out much about it. If you were to choose between these three roosters as your primary breeding rooster, which would you recommend? Is that telescoping comb enough to eliminate that one rooster from the breeding pen? Or, should I not worry about it and just cull the chicks as the trait shows up?
I'll try to get a photo of the telescoping comb.