EE - what type of comb?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by TurtleFeathers, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    Hi all -

    I have a blue EE cockeral whose comb I can't identify, so I figured I'd ask the experts...

    This is Blue (real original, eh?). His father was a bantam duckwing EE of some type, and his mother was a bantam splash silkie/EE cross. He and his siblings all hatched from blue eggs almost 3 months ago - there were 9 in that clutch and this is the only male that hatched (what are the odds?), so I have nothing to compare his comb to. Here are three pics (all of the same bird):

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    Also, since his mother was a splash silkie/EE cross, I KNOW how the blue color came about, but what are the chances that he and his siblings inherited the silkie gene from her? One of blue pullets from that clutch has a slight crest and 5 toes, so I'm assuming she got it, but what about those with 4 toes and no crest at all?

    Thanks so much -
     
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  2. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    You know what - I think I may have posted this under the wrong section. Should it be under the Genetics heading instead? How do I move it?

    Thanks -
     
  3. scalaway

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    looks like a pea comb to me [​IMG] -- very pretty [​IMG]!
     
  4. jossanne

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    Looks like a modified rosecomb to me.
     
  5. TK Poultry

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    a rosecomb or a walnut comb since the silkie in the mix
     
  6. Kev

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    It's a rose comb. Silkies have a very weird looking rose comb however if you cross and breed each generation to get rid of the crest, rose combs like this start to appear. Done it myself before.
     
  7. TK Poultry

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    silkies have walnut combs
     
  8. Year of the Rooster

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    Quote:Hatchery stock tend to have those modified rosecombs. A TRUE Walnut comb comes from a Rosecomb bird crossed with a Pea Combed bird.

    The OP's EE seems to have a Rosecomb which it most likely inherited from the Silkie mixed parent.
     
  9. Kev

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    Walnut combs are genetically rose + pea.

    The silkie standard says walnut.. but a lot silkies, even show stock silkies actually have modified rosecombs, without the pea comb gene present. They still look "walnut" just not genetically a true one.

    I tested the above by crossing silkies from various breeders(several were BIG names, not hatchery stock) with single combed birds and then bred these crosses again with single combed. In all except one line they proved to have only rose comb. Only one line showed both rose and pea in the later offspring.

    True walnuts have been showing up more often in silkies though, possibly by awareness of this fact coupled with deliberate crossing in and selection for genetic walnut combs.
     
  10. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    Thanks everybody!
     
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