Split Comb... :|

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Celtic Hill, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    Okay so we got a pair of buff orps for my brother from a reputable breeder, and the cockrel has a split comb! I was wondering if split combs are genetic traits or what? If he matures nicely i would keep him as a breeder (if it isn't a gentic thing) but if it is im going to have to get rid of him because im not keeping a roo that isn't BQ
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Are you sure he's a buff orp? There are breeds that have a split comb like you describe. I think buttercup is the name for it, but don't recall for sure. Can you post a pic?
     
  3. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    I will get one tomorrow, and it's deff a buff orp, the guy that we got them from is a really well known breeder, these eggs were hached from shipped eggs so there might have been a mix up, idk.
     
  4. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    anyone...?
     
  5. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is really hard to say without a pic. [​IMG]
     
  6. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    oh, im just wondering if its something that would be past on genetically.

    But lemme get a pic -runs out to brooder-
     
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    .......waits for picture..........have not seen a split comb before - that I know of


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  8. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    okay, pics


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  9. cochinman2005

    cochinman2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say not to judge this bird too quickly. Based upon the photos I'd say that the rear portion of his blade is telescoped inward and should pop out as he matures. If it stays telescoped, then I wouldn't use him for breeding. I raise a couple different large fowl breeds that I've seen this on and they inevitably pop out as the bird matures. I don't think it's a split comb based upon the pictures. Look at the diagrams in the Standard of Perfection for a good example of a split comb. To answer your question about whether a split comb is genetic/hereditary....yes, very much so, right along with side sprigs, and definitely something you don't want to introduce in a line of exhibition poultry. You said these Orps come from a well known breeder so I'd recommend giving him some time to mature. I don't think it's a split comb. I could be wrong, but the second photo leads me to think it's just telescoped in.
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Agree with the previous poster. If it stays in that position on the rear of the comb, we call it a kicker or side sprig. Definitely would not use that for breeding single comb birds. Sorry for the confusion with the 'split comb' interpretation.
     

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