Silver Laced Wyandotte with single comb.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by nova022, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hatchery Silver Laced Wyandotte has a single comb. I have read that they should have a rose comb. Please don't laugh, because I really don't know, but do the combs change when they get older or will it always be a single comb? If it stays single does that mean my hen is a cross and not pure? It does not really matter. I just got her as a pet with some eggs on the side, but since some one pointed out the single comb I have been curious.

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  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Two of my five Columbian Wyandottes have straight combs. One of those laid two dozen eggs a month all spring and summer, so I don't care what her comb looks like. [​IMG] (the other one is young, hasn't started laying yet).

    How old is yours? Looks old enough that it's not going to morph into a rose comb.
     
  3. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    its a "Well known" secret that some lines of Wyandottes are not pure for the Rose Comb gene, breeders do this on purpose, there is only one main reazon some breeders do this, and its because pure Rose Comb birds(R/R) have lower fertility rate than Heterozygous Rose Comb Males(R/r+) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8072931 and there is the fact that the Rose Comb gene is one of the few completely dominant gene, what does this means? it means that you cant tell apart a heterozygous rose comb rooster(R/r+) from a Homozygous Rose Comb rooster(R/R) so some single comb wyandottes are to be expected...
     
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  4. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is 8 weeks in that picture. I totally agree that the comb type does not matter.It is just something I wondered about. There is so much to learn about chickens and I have found the posters on this site know so much about them. I hope that she lays as many eggs as yours. Thanks.
     
  5. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    . i am quickly learning there are many "Well know secrets" that I am clueless about, but I am so happy that you and other posters are so knowledgeable about this. Thank you for your response. I will check out the link you gave me,. I wish I had started raising chickens a long time ago. There is so mcuh to learn.
     
  6. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Quite Indeed...!

    Rose Comb is so powerful that one need to test mate(to single comb) to make sure if one has a pure Rose Comb bird or a Heterozygous(one copy of the gene) Rose Comb bird.. this is true up to 3 back crosses(back to single comb) at that point the rose comb becomes different than the great grand parent(3 generations back)
     
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  8. Diannastarr

    Diannastarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one SLW with a straight comb, and i like that comb, and would like to buy more wyandotts with the single comb, [​IMG] I though that earlier this year some one had posted that all their SLW had single combs, and wow , i would love to get some of those...! [​IMG] if any one knows who posted that i would love to know ....!!![​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG] take care Dianna[​IMG]
     
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    Diannastarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. n3centz

    n3centz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all this info! We just got four SLW chicks from a local farm and three of them appear to have single combs (they will be three weeks old in two days). We are relatively new to chicken-keeping (we have four Red Star hens we've had for two years & have just acquired an Aracuana/Buff Orpington cross roo & some SLW and Buff Orpington chicks in the last couple of weeks), so I had no idea about the different types of combs. We mainly want our flock for eggs & meat, so I'm not as concerned with the breed being pure for the rose comb gene.Honestly, it's taken some research on the BYC threads to even find out what a Rose Comb was and why our chicks might not have them, lol. There is definitely a lot to learn, but it's really interesting.
     

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