combs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ShellP, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. ShellP

    ShellP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what's the best way to help develop nice combs? Are there foods that you can add that have the nutrients needed to enhance combs? i know tractor supply has some food that's supposed to help so, i'll check there in addition to any other suggestions.
    thanks,
    David
     
  2. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

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    To my way of thinking, the best way to get chicks to develop good combs, is to breed from parents who have good combs..
     
  3. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Bingo. Good combs come from good breeding. No matter what you feed a bird if the comb genetics are faulty you'll have faulty combs.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm guessing you're talking about redness, plumpness, etc rather than basic shape. Shape is genetic and you can't change what the bird is born with. But the comb is a good indicator of overall health and sexual maturity/fertility. Young birds develop redder, larger combs when the're reaching maturity. Roosters, if healthy, usually keep nice combs but may lose some sparkle during molting. My hens combs lose color and plumpness during molting, when they're broody or ill. So there's not really a feed that makes a pretty comb, but a healthy bird makes a nice comb. Does that make sense?
     

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