Sexing my peafowl - Page 3
So thats him!! Its so hard to believe he is a male. The other two in with him....his hens are so dominant over him! And he never puts his little fan up or makes any noise. If you are indeed thinking he is a male.....hopefully he will mature with time! I look forward to seeing a nice train on him!
He's a male. Give him some time and the hierarchy may change. If you haven't seen an adult Opal peacock here's a picture from Rocking B-A-B Ranch of his Opal male strutting his stuff. http://rockingbabranch.com/peafowl/peafowl-photo-gallery/#jp-carousel-128
Edited by Birdrain92 - 4/17/16 at 11:09am
Pretty sure you aren't nearly the only one wanting greens really badly, @Birdrain92. I love looking at them, but owning them is not for me. However, you are in very good company -- the list of folks here on the peafowl forum that really, really want them is longer than the list of folks who don't, I suspect.
After college and vet school and get a large farm, I hope to own Green peafowl along with other varieties.
Edited by barkerg - 4/17/16 at 1:31pm
So Gerald, it turns out that the bird @Tbonter101 is asking about is shown originally in posts #1 & 3 (but NOT in #2), and there are now additional photos of the bird in posts #18, 19, 20 & 21. (Hey Tbonter, you can put multiple photos in one post!).
Gerald, here's some questions:
First, do you think the bird may be a low percentage spalding? He looks a little spalding-ish to me, but not to @Birdrain92 -- I don't know how to quantify it, but it's something to me about the shape of the bird, his stance, head and crest. But maybe it's my imagination.
Second, do the new photos (posts #18-21) help you figure out if it's male or female?
Last, what other photos would help pin it down?
Tbonter, I still wanna hear about that cool-looking aviary, btw
Edit: I keep forgetting to mention, very impressive bird by the way.👍
Edited by barkerg - 4/17/16 at 2:29pm
That's an interesting question, @barkerg, how do you tell the difference between the shape of spurs on a male versus the occasional spurs which occur on a female? Aside from the fact that a full grown male's spurs are bigger... Is there a different shape?
Here's an interesting picture I just took -- I didn't realize I got both birds until I came back inside. I've been looking at my 2 year-old purple pied spalding hen for... two years now ... and about once a month I go back through the "huh, I wonder if she could really be a he" checklist... I always convince myself she's a she, but I'm really starting to wonder again.
Check out the spurs on the feet closest to the camera (the young spalding hen) and the spurs on the full-grown opal silver pied across the gate from the 2 year-old spalding. (It took me a long time to figure out he's also a spalding, though a very low percentage.)
"Her" spurs are definitely growing...