Silkie Combs question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SundownWaterfowl, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Most breeders prefer the smooth combs on silkies without any bumps. But the
    standard of perfection says this about the combs ""with a number of small
    prominences over it,". So the comb should have bumps. If not, how do you breed
    for smooth combs. Just breed them together, and then take the son that has the
    smoothest comb, and so on.
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I PMed you--I believe the rough texture is from one of the rose comb associated genes--some breeds have smoother rose combs and others are very "textured." Offhand I don't recall the specifics of what causes the difference.

    So yes, one thing is to select for a smoother surface. The other is to breed in the pea comb gene if it is not already present. I do think it is present in a lot of silkies at this point, but at some previous time it apparently was not. Pea comb is associated with a prominant breast keel ridge, so that is perhaps one way of making an educated guess as to whether it is in your flock or not.

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