Single combed silkie

Hazelbunny

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Heya
I have a single combed silkie roo and I know it's a genetic thing (he is purebred) but I was just wondering if I kept him would his chicks have a single comb like him if I were to breed him?
He's such a nice friendly guy but I want to sell fertilized eggs and chicks but I'm worried that all the chicks would have a single comb.
I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this but I want to be 100% before I make any decisions
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CountryFlock

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I would question him being pure breed with the single comb.

So single comb crossed with either pea comb or rose comb will create a chicken with a pea or rose comb but that chicken will be heterozygous for pea or rose comb.
(P/p) or (R/r).

Future generations would have a chance for single comb to pop up. Remember single comb is the absence of the rose or pea comb gene.

Walnut combs (silkies) are a combination of rose and pea comb.
(R/R)(P/P)

If you cross that roo with a walnut combed silkie you shouldn’t have too much of a chance of single combs in future generations but it’s absolutely possible.
 

Hazelbunny

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Jan 19, 2018
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Ontario, canada
I would question him being pure breed with the single comb.

So single comb crossed with either pea comb or rose comb will create a chicken with a pea or rose comb but that chicken will be heterozygous for pea or rose comb.
(P/p) or (R/r).

Future generations would have a chance for single comb to pop up. Remember single comb is the absence of the rose or pea comb gene.

Walnut combs (silkies) are a combination of rose and pea comb.
(R/R)(P/P)

If you cross that roo with a walnut combed silkie you shouldn’t have too much of a chance of single combs in future generations but it’s absolutely possible.

The place where I got him guaranteed purebred birds. But it was a hatchery so I was just assuming something in the genetics of the breeding birds
 

CountryFlock

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The place where I got him guaranteed purebred birds. But it was a hatchery so I was just assuming something in the genetics of the breeding birds
Oh that makes sense. If a hatchery says purebreed I wouldn’t necessarily believe them. Maybe “purebreed” but hatcheries have a lot of flawed birds.

Ex) Crestless pyncheons
 

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He is a hatchery bird. Many hatchery Silkies have single combs.
Because it is recessive, it often pops up in their populations. While they are “purebred” they aren’t really prime examples of the breed.
I would not breed him, especially not to related birds. They are likely heterozygous for the gene for single comb.
Even if you have nice, unrelated birds, the single comb will show up for years to come.

There is no shortage of nice Silkie cocks out there if you are looking for them.
 

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