Is a scissor beak a dominate trait?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bama chick, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. Bama chick

    Bama chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Is scissor beak a dominate trait? My husband slipped an egg into the last batch we hatched that may have been from a Silkie hen that has a scissor beak. The rooster is also a Silkie. The other option is a Silkie/Cochin cross. I'm wondering what the chances are that the chick will have a scissor beak. Darn husband! The chick is so cute and has 5 toes.

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  2. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I recently asked a master breeder about this trait. It is generally reguarded as a lethal gene; and it will crop up time to time. It may not show up in the chick, as it's a recessive type of gene from what I understand. Hope this helps.
     
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incubation conditions can cause the cross beak.

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  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Silkies are nortorious for having more cases of cross beak than most other breeds, mainly from all the mixed inbreeding within the silkie flock owners and the hatcheries don't cull for cross beak at all.
     

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