chicken with a black comb

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  1. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    We started out with 9 black-sex link chicks (before rehoming some of them) and all but one had a normal colored comb. I have one that has a black comb - she is about 12 weeks old now and the comb is still completley black. It is not from frostbite - she was never exposed to cold temperatures. She is normal in other ways - she's the same size as her cagemates. Is this unusual? Will the color of her comb cause problems with her overheating (we live in Phoenix)?
     
  2. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Anyone have experience with this? She also has black wattles and black skin on her face, whereas the other black sex-links have pink combs, wattles, & facial skin.
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I would like to see this..... Do you have a picture that you could share ?
     
  4. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Neat--I think that would look pretty!!! About the overheating, just make sure they have some shade to get under in the really hot part of the day and plenty of cool water. [​IMG]
     
  5. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's called Gypsy or mulberry skin and is found in a few different breeds. There's a paragraph about it here on page 155 http://books.google.com/books?id=VMSF7m2CFTEC&pg=PA155&lpg=PA155&dq=gypsy+skin+in+chickens&source=bl&ots=9cLTO6mifF&sig=zr7_3E7vWwEd_Vw3gv5XRK-w0H0&hl=en&ei=DC63SY_yFZO-Mp28ydUK&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result#PPA155,M1

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    have it as do Sumatras and other breeds. I've seen picture of BSL's with it too. I have a Silver Spangled Hamburg with black freckles. So it can sure show up in different breeds.

    I doubt heat will affect her any more then the other hens.
     
  6. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:I made a mistake about her skin color - last night I could have sworn her facial skin was black, but it's not (my daughter thought the same thing when she looked at her - I guess it was too dark.

    This chicken does have the black comb and the matching black wattles - see pics.

    a regular colored chick along with the one in question:
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    the black combed chick:
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    her wattles:
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    the other chick with the pink comb, so you can see the difference
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  7. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    She'll always be darker but as she gets older you'll be able to see red under the black.
     

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