Originally Posted by R2elk
Actually all the ones you have hatched are not "plain jane" pearls. You most likely have a bunch of pearls with hidden recessive genes. If you can mate them back other colored parents (line breeding) you will start seeing different colors than just pearls. Even mating them to each other should produce 75% pearls and 25% other colors.
I understand that, but I don't have time/space to selectively breed guineas they just do their communal thing... My time and space is spent on chicken breeding, as there is simply no local market for guineas that would make breeding worth my effort...
Although on that note, ironically shortly after that post, I went out to collect eggs for the day and when I reached under a broody chicken (that I had stuffed some random guinea eggs under) I surprisingly pulled out a few keets, one that appears to be a buff? Either way my run of pearl only is over
One thing that many people make the mistake of identifying is with white guineas. If it looks white or very light colored and has pearls (dotting) it is not a white guinea. A true white guinea has no dotting. If your white guineas were truly white guineas and they mated with your pearls you would have gotten 100% pied guineas from such a mating. The white color gene is not located in the same place as are the other color genes. A guinea with one white gene will be pied and a guinea with 2 white genes will be white irregardless of any other color genes that it may carry.
Guineas are not something I really inspect all that much, but I don't believe my white one has any dotting, but in that regard I have about two dozen guineas and who knows what eggs came from where as the coop floor is littered with eggs every day, so I very well might have never hatched one of the white's offspring...
There are two scenarios that would have caused you to not get any pied guineas. One is that you don't actually have white guineas and the second scenario is that you do have a white guinea but it is either sterile or did not get to breed with any of the other guineas.
Both could be true, same for my existing pieds I guess...