Split-Combs on week old Chicks?....Normal?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PearlD, May 19, 2008.

  1. PearlD

    PearlD Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Northwest Alabama
    I hatched some chicks last week and tonight while I was watching them, I noticed a couple of them are starting to develop a split-comb. I have always purchased pullets before this hatch, so I am unsure if this is normal or not......or maybe breed or sex sensitive? [​IMG]
    The roo is a Houdan X and the hens are RIR. Some chicks did get the 5-toes, but the split-comb so early??? Anyone have any comments on this?
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Split? Do you mean a rose comb? Sorta looks like two combs coming up side by side with a small space between them?

    Like this girl on the left...the SLW...sorta looks like an upside down "v".

  3. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Since houdans have v-shaped combs, and you say the roo is a houdan, I wouldn't be surprised that some of the chicks are expressing that trait. It sounds normal to me.
  4. PearlD

    PearlD Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Northwest Alabama
    Yes, Cetawin! Just exactly like that!!
    Well...you learn something new everyday!! I have some chicks with 5 toes, and some without. Some with V-shaped combs, and some without!!

    Aren't genetics crazy???
    Last edited: May 20, 2008

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