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Are rose combs dominant or recessive?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ninjascrub69, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im trying to basically get rid of single combs in my flock, and wanted to know if i should add another rose combed rooster.
     
  2. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you have for a rooster now?
     
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:A rose combed phoenix, and a BLRW
     
  4. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why would you need another roo? what are you hens?
     
  5. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Because i have 30 hens (and plan to get more this spring) and want to ensure fertility, and my hens are EE, production red, white leghorn, black australorp, modern game, OEGB, black langshan, and white cochin (all hatchery quality)
     
  6. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it depends on how many more hens you plan to get, if you birds are free-range, one roo for every 20 to 30 hens should be fine as long as your roos are healthy and active.
     
  7. blackdotte

    blackdotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The semen of homozygous rose comb males,R/R only lives for about 4 days in the hen.
    Heterozygous rosecomb males R/r+ are more fertile because the single r+ component usually has at least a 14 day,often to 21 day, life.
    If you find fertility is low, you will either have to add more rosecomb males or switch to pea comb males.
     
  8. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So pure rose combed males aren't as fertile? And pea combed males are more fertile?
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    yes
     
  10. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok interesting, so is that why I've heard Rose Comb bantam breeders say to use the occasional single combed rooster for more fertility?
     

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