silkie question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by metallica fish, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. metallica fish

    metallica fish Hatching

    Jun 7, 2010
    the other day i picked up a black silkie trio... im rather new to breeding and dont really know what im looking for when it comes to good quality...

    my question is that my cockerel seems to have a huge single comb kinda like a leghorn cockerel (black though)... is this a bad thing?

    only paid £30 for the trio though

  2. adorable

    adorable Songster

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    I am no expert on silkies. But i wouldn't use him for breeding. He should have a walnut comb. Do you have a picture of him?
  3. Personally, I would never breed a bird with a single comb. All of his offspring will carry that gene, even if they dont have a single comb.
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I used my single comb Silkie roo to breed to the Cochin Frizzles. Really cute Sizzle chicks!
    I would not breed him back to your Silkies either. You want a nice walnut comb for breeding Silkies.
  5. metallica fish

    metallica fish Hatching

    Jun 7, 2010
    i rung the guy i got him off. and he said the males he got off him and the pullets have had normal combs????

    but he said im more than welcome to change it for another
  6. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    I definalty would not breed him if he has a single comb.. its good that his comb is very dark but silkies should not have single combs.
  7. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Considering you stated you paid 30 pounds for the birds is it safe to presume you are not in the states? If so then I would be in search for what the proper Silkie standard is in your country. Most times you can find that info on the internet. Silkies should have a walnut comb here and most every where else that I am aware of.

    Look up walnut comb, that should give you and idea of what you should be seeing. If you are not then the breeder is incorrect, he did not sell you a bird with the proper comb.
  8. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    This is what a proper Silkie comb looks like (in the USA):



    a little too red on this guy
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Regardless of the part of the world you are in (I would guesss Great Britain), silkies should have a walnut comb. In many cases they actually have a modified rose comb rather than a true walnut comb. Nevertheless, they should never have a single comb. Assuming that the other parent has two copies of the genes for walnut comb, all offspring will have walnut combs when bred with a single combed bird. Because single comb is recessive! In hte next generation you will start seeing single combs appear.
    It is not the worst fault one can use in breeding, but if possible, should be avoided.
  10. metallica fish

    metallica fish Hatching

    Jun 7, 2010
    well im going to see him on friday so hopefully will get this sorted out

    when i bought the birds off him he gave me 13 eggs from differnt trios of black silkies which i remember deffinatly had walnut combs. and they are in my incubator at the moment...

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