Easy (?) Silkie Comb Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by suzettex5, May 16, 2010.

  1. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why do some silkies have the blob-like comb, and some have the straight in a line comb? Is it s sex-linked trait? I got a batch of silkies 7 weeks old now, and all from the same place, I was just wondering about the difference.
     
  2. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there are some silkie lovers out there who can help..
     
  3. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    silkies should have a walnut shaped comb It should not be red either. It should be dark maroon

    edit to ad: I have seen some silkie mixes that look like the real thing except they will have a pea comb.Hatchery birds are more likely to have incorrect combs
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Combs are not sex-linked. There are different types based upon a combination of several genes. A single comb (sawtooth or straight) is incorrect for a silkie, and would be a disqualification. Silkies should have a walnut comb, although many have a modified rose comb instead of a true walnut comb. A walnut comb is the result of the pea comb gene AND the rose comb gene. Ideally the bird should not have the rough comb modifier, but many do have it. Likewise, they shouldn't have the trifid modifier, but many do.
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

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    Quote:What is a rough comb modifier?
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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