Originally Posted by Nickeyo
I have a question, I have a small flock of 6 guineas, there are 2 pearl, a white one, a pied lavender, and mulberry and a pied mulberry. I'm hatching eggs at the moment as I'm hoping to build my flock up to 20-30 strong but I really want so more White guineas, my white Guinea is male and it's paired with a pearl and my other pearl is also female and has bonded with the lavender. I've been setting eggs of various coloured shells yet so far I have 10 lavenders, a pearl and a pied pearl, but even tho they have all come from a range of egg colours I seem to only get lavender, is there a reason why this colour seems so dominant and why the white and mulberry genes seem to not show at all?
My other question is I live in the U.K. So the only threat to them is a fox so I plan to teach them to perch in a very old oak tree once I have enough so they can be completely free range, but the field the oak tree is in has very long grass and I was wondering whether long grass or short grass would be best, as if it's long they cants run away or see a predator easily but can hide, but if it's short the predator can see them easily but they can also see it and can then run and take off so which would be better, leave it long or keep it grazed down short?
I am assuming "mulberry" is a local term since I have never heard of a mulberry guinea before. Please post some pictures so we can see what color it is. You have not said what sex the mulberry and the pied mulberry are. If your pied mulberry is a hen, you could expect to get 50% white and 50% pied by pairing it with the White male. If it is a male, you don't currently have any mixes that will produce white guineas.
The white guinea with his pearl mate will only produce pied guineas which should all be pied pearls if she is a pure pearl without any hidden recessive genes.
Your other pearl hen must have a hidden recessive blue color gene in order to produce lavenders from her pairing with the pied lavender male and should also be capable of producing some pied birds whether they are pied pearls or pied lavenders.
I have no idea what your mulberries would produce since you haven't stated what sex they are and I don't know what color a mulberry is.
Here is a chart of known colors, perhaps you could pick out what color your mulberries are.
In the future you can produce more white guineas by mating the white male with a pied hen (yields 1/2 white guineas and 1/2 pied guineas) or mating pied guineas together (yields 1/4 white guineas, 1/2 pied guineas and 1/4 colored guineas).