Tell me about silkie roo with single comb

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jennyhaschicks, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    I have one silkie roo who has a single comb. He is beautiful though. Does this mean all his off spring will have single combs like him?
    Any info would be great.
     
  2. sara

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    I'd say you'd have a 50/50 shot. However I probably would try to find a bird with the correct comb if you plan to breed. It's always easier to start with correct birds..[​IMG]
     
  3. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:Right. I don't plan on doing any high tech breeding. [​IMG] I do have another silkie roo with a waffle comb. I was asking because I am giving one to a friend of mine and just can't decide which little boy to keep. In the back of my mind though I am thinking about the future and if I did want to breed them.
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

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    From what I understand is that the Single comb is recessive to the Walnut Comb, which means the parents of this rooster were both carriers of the single comb. If you were to breed him to another silkie then, depending on the genetics of the hen, the offspring would all have walnut combs IF the hen was homozygous for the Walnut comb. If the hen was heterozygous and had the recessive single comb, then 25% would be homozygous Walnut, 50% would be heterozygous Walnut with recessive single comb, and the other 25% will be single comb.

    Does this help?
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Walnut comb is actually either a modified rose comb or the combination of rose and pea comb genes. Single comb is the recessive allele to both rose and pea comb genes. Your single combed roo will always pass the single comb alleles to his offspring, so all offspring will at best be heterozygous for the correct comb genes.

    If mated with a correctly combed female, you are correct, there is a good chance of getting correctly combed offspring, but depending on the hen's comb genes it may be as high as 100% or as low as 25%.
     
  6. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I had a pair together that was thowing all singled comb chicks both roo and hen had correct comb shape and color so I couldnt for the life of me understand why it was happening. When I learned what I learned on here about comb types and genetic I got it. I bred my hen to another roo waiting for eggs that was only from the different roo (roo was from different bloodlines and had same comb shape and color) Chicks all came out with correct combs. The roo bred with a different female all chicks still came out with single combs. So i found the roo a new home and all singled comb chicks a new home as well. So far from the hens I have kept that threw singled comb chicks with that one roo have no seen anymore singled comb chicks from their new eggs with new roos. If this makes any since..LOL I guess what I am trying to say is that one or both parents can carry the single comb gene even if they have correct comb types its back in their bloodlines some where and later on down the line they produce the single comb gene again.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    In my comment I mentioned at the walnut comb can be either a modified rose comb (which convention says is what American silkies have) or the combination of pea and rose comb genes.

    All I know is that I occcasionally produce pea combed birds as well as single combed birds. I have yet to produce a rose combed bird, though. THankfully, almost all the birds have correct combs, but occasionally (especially on project birds such as my mottled cochin project) I get the wrong combs.
     

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