May be a totally stupid question, but ...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by erinszoo, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    Given how new we are to the world of chickens, or to rephrase that, how new we are to the world of actually caring what breed and characteristics our chickens have beyond "do they lay eggs?" ... can you tell what kind of comb a chicken will have when they are babies? All our new babies have what looks like a single comb but will they stay that way or does each breed change as they get older?
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:Do you know what type of breed you are suppose to have? Chicken combs are determined by breeds, some have single combs, pea combs, rose combs and so on. Combs don't change from one to the other.
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    if it starts out looking like a single, it will stay a single. pea combs will stay pea combs.

    now they can flop over sometimes or get chunks out of them from injuries as they get older, but it doesn't change the type of comb.

    and there are no stupid questions. well, that's not really true. some questions are stupid, but no one here will make fun of you for asking. chuckle at your inexperience maybe, but nothing harsh!
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    They'll stay that way.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Chicks are born with the type of comb that they will have. It may require a close look and good vision to discern the type of comb on very young chicks. [​IMG]

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