Brian, here goes some more pictures. There are two roosters that are AustralorpeXBrahma. Both look pretty much the same in colouring, but totally different combs and waddles. I am so curious as to why each rooster has a different type of comb.
I get the impression that a typical Brahma rooster has the pea comb only, that is the Brahma trait, is that correct?
. It then looks to me like one of the roosters the comb of the Australorpe is dominant and the other rooster has the comb of the Brahma which is dominant. Can you tell me why this has happened. These genetic things are driving me nuts!!!
This is a picture of the two roosters outside today, the pea comb one is the one in the back of the picture, where you can only see the body.
The following is a picture of each of those BrahmaXAustralorpe, totally different looking heads, bodies and colours are the same.
This is the rooster that I think is the only purebred light brahma. He is slowly maturing, much more slowly than all the other roosters (along with the Brahma/Orprington, which are slower too). I have been reading about the Brahmas and it seems they take a little longer to mature than many breeds.
Oh, and guess what. That brahma, whom I call Heather, the one that has the crossbill that has been nurtured in the house for the past 2 months. Well, Heather must be called Heathcliff. She has been crowing the past few mornings in the house. What a racket!!! I took her/him outside today to meet her fellow chickenyard friends. Ooops, that was a mistake. She got into a fight with everyone that she could find. She/he was brought back into the house. IT cannot go back out there, it will die really fast. It thinks it is too big for its britches....I cannot believe how dwarfed it is. It is about 1/2 the size of all the other critters, totally small.
Have an awesome day, life, health. Cindi