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Which trait is the "easiest" to correct?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shelleyb1969, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    When working to improve your stock, which trait is the "easiest" to correct...comb type or feather lacing? [​IMG] I realize that it takes a lot of time and effort when working towards the SOP...but which trait correction will result in the least amount of hair loss on my part? [​IMG]

  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I'm not familiar with lacing, however I do find comb easier to correct than color and body type in most cases, so I'd say comb is easier.
  3. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Thanks Hinkjc. I've got to make a decision between some Chantecler ladies that I have. They all came from John Blehm, and I knew up front that work is needed on them as a breed. I have 2 girls that have the correct comb, but very poor lacing. And then I have 2 girls that have gorgeously perfect lacing, but the wrong comb type...instead of a cushion comb, they have a pea comb. I'm trying to decide which 2 ladies to keep and which 2 to sell.
  4. CelticMoon1

    CelticMoon1 Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    In my experience lacing can be a tricky trait! You can get bad lacing and smuttiness even if you start out with perfectly laced birds...

    I'm no comb expert but I believe it goes something like this (any experts feel free to correct!):
    Rose Comb: R-/pp
    Pea Comb: rr/P-
    Cushion Comb: R-/P-

    I would go for lacing first, comb second (assuming they all have good type). Find them a roo with nice lacing & correct comb, and you should have a good start [​IMG] If you're lucky you could get some pretty birds with nice lacing and correct comb in first generation [​IMG]
  5. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    thanks, celticmoon. the thing with chanties is...the roos don't have lacing at all. With my roo, I've got correct type, comb, and color...but the lacing must come from the ladies.
  6. CelticMoon1

    CelticMoon1 Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Quote:Really??? I'm used to Wyandottes and the roos have laced chests so that's what I was thinking of - never seen a Chantecler [​IMG] (haven't heard of anyone who has them here)

    I'd still go for the pretty laced hens [​IMG] Since your roo has the correct comb you should get some offspring with correct combs too.
  7. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    that's exactly what i was thinking/hoping. chantecler roos look nothing like the hens...they're very pretty but they have no fancy lacing like the gorgeous ladies do. [​IMG]

  8. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    What color variety of chantecler? I have seen many 'partridge' birds that have hens with ghost pencilling and mostly red roosters. If it is partridge the hens should have pencilling instead of lacing (well, pencilling is multiple lacing or something like that) but the roosters should basically be black breasted red looking, hens should be good pencilled red and black (think dark brahmas but red replacing the white). Can you post pictures?
  9. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Hi FMP! I have partridge Chantecler. By lacing, I meant their double lacing? or penciling as you suggested? I have a pic of a hen but it's not the greatest...but I think you can barely make out the lace pattern on each feather. I don't have a pic of my roo...he's still a juvenile. The roosters, however, are exactly as you described...basically black breasted red.

  10. tadkerson

    tadkerson Songster

    Jul 19, 2008

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