Is this an *acceptable* Silkie Comb? Opinions, please!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by greenfamilyfarms, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Is this an acceptable silkie comb for exhibition? The more I look at it, the more it bothers me. It looks more and more rose-combish with those points than like a wad of chewed bubble gum.

    Should I use him for breeding? Sell him as a pet? Your opinions are appreciated!

    7-month-old Blue Splash Silkie Cockerel:
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  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    Standard calls for walnut comb with (I believe) bumpy promineinces(spelling?) over it, I have seen worse at shows. You could show him, most breeders tend to go more for the round comb with the crease across the middle which I think looks nicer. His comb is a bit red though, should be darker than that. I would consider him a pet, but then you only posted a pic of his comb. In order for us to judge his quality, we need to see all of him. If he is exceptional overall besides his comb, his comb would be a small issue. Breed him with hens with better comb than him.
     
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Here is was at 6 months old.

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  4. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this an acceptable silkie comb for exhibition?

    The color of his comb would worry me more then the shape. Neither is diserable in a show bird. If he's the only breeder male you have you could try crossing him with a very dark combed female, the color may improve in one generation. From that point just choose your darkest best shaped(walnut) combs.

    Good luck,
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  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Dilute colours, especially double dilutes usually dilute comb colour to some extent. It is one of those things you have to select for.

    He is a very nice bird excepting his comb. As was said, breed to a girl with the correct shape and as dark as you can find comb.

    Here is a fairly well-shaped comb, although it is a silkie cross, and a bit light in colour.
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