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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by fowlafoot, Nov 19, 2008.
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Is there any others on here that Have pure Toppies? I have noticed in my bloodline that the Cocks are loosing their topknot as they get older. has anyone noticed this on thiers? Illia I will try to get some closeups for Lynn
Here is a pic of one of my Toppy cross Hatch(I call them Copper Blues) I have a pair of brothers almost identical in color, one haa small topknot and the other doesn't, hare is a pic of the one that does!
Here are some pics of the Toppy x Hatch brother that is not topknotted! (do not look at the date stamp on the photos, it is wrong, can't get it set right!!!)
Here is a pic of the two brothers together when young! I know some of you will think they are not game, they were raised with two other stags and 8 pullets up untill about this picture, I then had to sepperate them as they started testing each other! They are slow matureing but they are Game!!!
Here are some close ups that I took a few years back, will try to get some better ones! Lynn
When you cross a toppy line with a hatch line, you can't expect them to all have the topnot.
The gene for a vaulted skull is recessive, but the actual topknot/crest is dominant. That's why it can still pass on to outcrossings, however in most cases only 50% of your outcrossed offspring or even purebred, just with a bird without the topknot, will end up with such. The way to get 100% is by breeding topknot X topknot, which then you might possibly increase the size of such, too. But you'll also still likely, depends really, get 25% no topknot. But otherwise, if you have a bird with no topknot and breed it to another line, you have no topknots. Breed a bird with a small one like most Toppys, you'll get 50/50.
I emailed you a few weeks ago, so yeah, find my last email and send it there. Or you can continue posting here. Love that blue hen.