Originally Posted by q8peafowl
I know they will get more yellow color on their faces during breeding season, i was comparing the colors between 2014 breeding season and 2015 breeding season. In the winter they will almost loose all the yellow.
But i want to see the yellow on my peachicks too, i'm seeing other people spalding peachicks and even low percentage spalding chicks has more yellow on their faces than mine.
This is something I can’t confirm. What I could see is that many factors are having an influence to the yellow colour. But that it is more intensive during breeding season I can’t confirm at all. I’m observing this now since years and what I can see every year is, that the yellow in the face is getting paler just before a hen starts laying. I can just look into the faces and I know which hen starts within the next three, four days to lay.
I big influence is coming from ultrasonic light. As more sun the birds are getting as more intensive it is. This you can very well see when you have young birds. Young birds with 5, 6 months old are getting much more and intensive yellow as more sun they have. In my barns I have installed birds lamps which are switched on the whole day during the winter and after I did this I have a god yellow all the winter.
Stress is another factor as more stress the birds have as less intensive the yellow is. Maybe this is the reason too, that the males are losing the intensive yellow during breeding season to. As soon as the breeding season is over it is possible to see that the intensive yellow is coming back within 4 weeks.