Originally Posted by CanadianBuckeye
Minniechickmama, please have a look at my Buckeye rooster's comb- it looks a lot like Stryker's cross, even bigger. Could it be that's why the comb/wattles are so huge and ugly, it's a single comb cross? One of his sisters had a single comb. Poor guy! His future is looking very dim.
CanadianBuckeye--I haven't had a single comb on my Buckeyes, although I have one that lays almost Welsummer/Marans dark brown eggs, and one who is oddly laced some pages back.
What I was told about these "messy" combs is--there are the homozygous/2 copies of the pea comb gene that give a nicer, cleaner look, all 3 lines of comb are the same height, and then there are the heterozygous/ 1 copy of the pea comb gene, that give a uglier comb, usually the middle ridge is higher.
Your guy looks similar to mine only mine has a slightly cleaner comb. Let him grow more- I can't believe how much my girls have grown and matured in just a month since I last looked at them with a critical eye. I only have one rooster, so I don't have much choice for this year, but hopefully next year I'll get more choices.
These are the 'sleeper" chickens in my flock- bought them for meat but they were all female except one, and turns out I really like them a lot. While I'd decided to keep the feather footed breeds, I made the choice to keep my Buckeyes as the main laying flock. Really love these birds, love the pea comb, and their foraging skills.