Cushion Comb Genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TimG, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Maine
    I have a pullet that is the offspring of two Partridge Chanteclers, she does not have a cushion comb and she has wattles.

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    It has been a while since I looked into cushion comb genetics, but I seem to recall that it is not completely understood and what is understood indicates that non-cushion combs can creep into a cushion combed flock. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    What I'm really interested in is whether the wattles are connected to the cushion comb genetics. All my cushion combed pullets (small sample size of four) have no wattles.

    Thanks for any answers.

    Tim
     
  2. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    Cushion is built genetically, like the Walnut, with both Rose and Pea combs, but the Cushion also has the 'Smooth' gene, so:

    Walnut = Rose+Pea
    Cushion = Rose+Pea+Smooth
     
  3. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    Oh, and the 'Smooth' gene is a small modifying gene that, in single combs, decreases the number of tines, in roses, eliminetes the tiny bumps (and the spike), and in Walnuts it does the same - makes it smaller as well, as I understand it.
     
  4. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Maine
    Thank you, that is what I remember, though as I recall it the "smooth" part was not exactly 100% determined.

    Do you know whether the wattles are affected by the same genes? Or linked?
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    IF the smaller wattles are linked to a comb gene it would be the Pea Comb gene.
    Every one I ever talked to about Cushion Comb says there just Pea + Rose.

    Here is a good link on Chanteclers
    http://www.wolven.ca/higgins/ratranch/articles/1 combwatt/1 combwatt.pdf


    Chris
     
  6. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Maine
    Thanks for the link, nice article.
     

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