How did I get a black rose combed chick from Australorp?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by slc, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. slc

    slc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone heard of black combs showing up in either Australorps, Chantecler, or Wyandotte?

    I let some hens hatch out a batch of mutt chicks from our flock. I got a very unique chick that is from a single red combed Australorp hen. It is solid black, has very dark black shanks, black eyes, black beak and nails, and a black rose comb with no pink at all. The only roosters I have that carry a rose comb gene are either red/black laced Wyandotte, or Partridge Chantecler.

    Anyone know where this black comb gene could have come from? I'll post a picture if I can get one.
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2010
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    No clue, but I'd love to see some pics!
     
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of my australorp hens that i ordered from the hatchery had a black single comb, im not sure why and i couldnt find anyone else that had that problem.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not see a black comb as a problem, more as a curiosity.

    Vive la difference as they say......and can we have some pictures please?


    Sandie
     
  5. slc

    slc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any one know the genetics of " gypsy face" like sumatras which I think this is because the body has pink/white skin. Could there be some sumatra in the Australorps from Ideal Poultry maybe? Is this sex linked or anyone know the genes for and dominance of gypsy face?
     
  6. slc

    slc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This isn't a very good view but it is all I have of the chick right now.

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  7. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    I don't know about the comb, but I have had black-skinned chicks result from breeding 2 yellow skinned birds together. I don't know why but it seems to pop up with certain crosses. [​IMG]
     
  8. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Several of my Austalorps had black combs as chicks and grew into red combs.
     

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