Silkie combs.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by silkiechick05, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you know if your silkes will have the big comb or the ones that are barely noticeable.

    I have seen hens with the large ones, so i don't know it is a sex thing or not...


    anyone know?
     
  2. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone know?
     
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    nope, but i am sure someone will chime in soon. I have one and have no clue how to sex it. I know they are supposed to have a walnut comb~
     
  4. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    It's not a gender thing. All real silkies are supposed to have those big walnut combs but a few of mine have single combs and pea combs. That just means they aren't pure silkie. You can't really tell when they are little (I think). I can't, maybe a chicken expert can?

    I have pictures of when my silkies were about 5 weeks old and I can tell you what their combs looked like.

    When they are a little bigger you can tell what ones will have walnut combs. They will have like an imprint on their forehead.
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    This little guy grew up to have a walnut comb. It looks kinda like a thumbprint. [​IMG] This is him before I gave him away at 16 weeks
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    This silkie grew up to be a pullet with a walnut comb. [​IMG]
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    Silkies that will get single combs will look like this
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    Then this is what a silkie with a pea comb will look like.
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    [​IMG]The one on the right has the pea comb.


    Phew, I'm sorry for the quality on some of the pictures but they were all I could find. I hope I helped. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  5. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i really like the pea combs better.

    lol

    so is a silkie with a walnut comb going to do better in a show than that with a pea comb?
     
  6. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes because Walnut is the perferred comb as stated in the standard of perfection
     
  7. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most walnut combs i have seen have been reddish in color.

    Isn't that unwanted?
     
  8. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    Silkie combs are supposed to be a mulberry color. So yep, red is unwanted. [​IMG]
     
  9. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so by mulberry you mean sort of a dark gray with a little maroonishness?
     
  10. Stephanie-n-Hayden

    Stephanie-n-Hayden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie doesn't have a comb at all and she is about 7 mo. old?!?! Is something wrong with her?
     

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