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

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

  1. PearlD

    PearlD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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".

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  3. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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???
     
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