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Breeding out Single combs in Silkies--CAN IT BE DONE?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by RedBugPoultry, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    I have asked this question before and did not get a response and I really would like to know what the Silkies breeders out there think and have experienced.

    I have a very nice developing silkie that I believe to be a hen but she has 3 tiny points on here comb. It is not quite a single but you can tell it is a combination of both walnut and single. Other chicks from the same batch of eggs, from the same breeder, do have single combs. Actually only one of the bird from this hatching has a walnut comb with no points. Can I keep hens from this hatching and breed to a good rooster and get rid of the combs?

    I might try posting picture of my chicks to get feedback on other aspects of these chicks but I wanted to hear what people think about the combs first. I admit when I purchase the eggs I had not seen the breeders roo and now after my questioning her I have found out she has gotten rid of the roo. [​IMG]

  2. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Truth is you can't really breed it out...It will pop up if not right away sometimes down the line in the birds from the single combed parent.
  3. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    You need to understand teh genetics behind teh singe comb and fully expect to see it on occasion once it is in your stock. the Single comb is a recesive trait that is masked by other comb types. The single combed offspring need to be culled from breeding as they have two copies of the gene for the single comb. The birds with proper comb type may have 1 copy of the gene for the single comb and appear normal but produce offspring with the single comb when mated to another bird that also carries the single combed genes. You may be able to get rid of it over time however it may be near impossible to know when you ahve done it without breeding hundreds a year and very tightly controling your breeder birds.
  4. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    Thank you for your responses! I still want to post pictures of my birds so people can see what I am talking about but with a 2 year old in tow it is just too hot today here in South Carolina to take her outside. [​IMG]

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