Silkie Combs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tiki244, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Would you breed a silkie with a single comb if it was from good lines and you had no other? What would the chances be of getting a regular comb if you breed it to a good combed silkie? Thanks
     
  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since single combs are recessive, as long as the bird with the walnut comb isn't carrying the genes fro a single comb, all the offspring should have walnut combs, but they will all be carrying the gene for single comb. If the bird with the walnut comb is carrying the gene for a single comb, 50% of the offspring will have single combs and 50% will have walnut combs, and be carrying the gene for single comb. It's not a good trait to have in a line, and won't show up in all your birds, but it will pretty much always be in your line.
     
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Check out my comb genetics page. There's a link in my signature. [​IMG] It may help.
     

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