Explanation for Single Combs in Silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by robin416, May 23, 2011.

  1. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    This comes from Sigrid Van Dort's latest Silkie book. Its an explanation for why a single comb can crop up in a flock where its not been seen in the past.

    "Single combs can occur in R/R when the rose comb fraction in the semen is dead because the rooster didn't mate often enough. In pure rose combs its advised to let the rooster mate the hen at least every three days. And a single comb can occur when r+ and p+ come together when hen and rooster are R/r+, P/p+, R/R, P/p+."

    She goes on to further describe combinations that could cause the occurrence of a single comb. Most of it has to do with which genes the breeder birds possess and how it comes together in breeding.
     
  2. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank u i was thinking of useing her any ways be cause she a pullet and one fuew i have
     
  3. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    If you breed her use birds unrelated to her group. The possibility exists that the breeding pair used originally has the combination of genes Sigrid mentions in her book causing the single comb.

    Of course a report is expected once she has peeps hatched since you're going to be testing this information.
     
  4. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well do i bought her and she is just lovely
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