Silkie Combs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Byrdj, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since a single comb is recessive to a walnut comb which is a combination of a pea and rose comb, why are there so many single combed Silkies out there? Does it keep re-occuring because it could be hidden as recessive and not expressed until future generations?
    How did the single comb gene get into the breed?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Well in a nut shell (or walnut shell) [​IMG] I was told that cochins were used to partially create the silkie breed amongst other chickens. And that the single comb will keep showing up and a person must be diligent to just pick the ones that dont have that comb if they want to breed to the standard. So I am no authority, this is just what I was told by someone else. [​IMG]


    eta: yes I think its a hidden unexpressed reccessive gene many times
     
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  3. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That makes sense. Cochins would help produce thicker feathering. Also, it certainly wouldn't hurt in making them broody. I just hope the rooster I keep for breeding doesn't carry a recessive single comb gene. I got my silkie chicks from Ideal Hatchery. They look great otherwise and have nice full top not feathering.
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I got a little black roo silkie with a single comb and he is just a sweetheart [​IMG]
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Quote:You may never know unless you actually breed him. I'm hoping mine doesn't have it too, since I received a single combed rooster with him.
     

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