Originally Posted by deerman
4 dark one .more likey blues, 4 yellow are blackshoulder, unless the one with alot of light on it has white flight feather then its a white, the brown and white VERY NICE PIED will have alot of white (loud pied) to much brown for silver pied i think.
Nice to see they are doing well for you, oh the BS ones maybe another color, but need to color our,
If i remember you had opal also.
Thank you all and thank you Deerman. How are you feeling? Have you finished all chemo treatments? I'm still praying for you.
I do have an Opal male also, in addition to my blackshoulder and my spaulding male. I have three females - a purple, blue, and silver pied. As far as I know the purple and blue peahens hatched their own eggs since they were off on hidden nests somewhere. My blackshoulder male has been "boss" since day one. They all hang out in my backyard in front of our sunporch where we do most of our living so we get to see him in "action" daily. It has been fun this first real mating season to watch him in action. Every visitor here wanted to sit and watch and take lots of photos. He really put on a show. Every day, for most of the day, he would strut and fan and show and dance for the three females who would wander around, pecking at the ground as if they weren't the least bit interested in him. Then, sure enough, one of them would suddenly run up closer and squat and he would do his thing in less than 30 seconds and then back to fanning and showing and displaying till the next female would run up and squat. One by one, every female fell for his good looks and fancy showmanship. (LOL) Even after mating with each female he would continue to display. We all wondered "isn't he tired of holding up that big tail by now?". Speaking of which, the "green" one has already shed his tail and I have a vase full of beautiful flowers. The "blue" one has not shed his yet.
I never saw the "green" male or the opal male mate with any of the females so I think my blackshoulder is the daddy to all. I've never really been sure if he's a blue blackshoulder or a spaulding blackshoulder - he's been identified as both throughout his life. I posted some pictures a few pages back and I think you said he was a blue blackshoulder but someone else said they thought a spaulding blackshoulder. He does show a lot of greenish tint depending on how the light hits him. When he was very young you said you thought he was a spaulding blackshoulder.
I'm enjoying my peafowl so much. I've always wanted them and now I find myself running outside each morning to check on the two mamas and counting their babies to be sure they are all still there. Last night the purple peahen already had her babies up on a high roosting place out in the stables. The blue one still had hers on the ground in my front flower bed. I'm amazed that they can fly so young. It's a joy watching these mamas with their babies. They are the most attentive and caring mamas. Our hundreds of freeranging chickens, ducks, goats, dogs - all know to stay clear of these mamas who will jump at, on or chase them away in a heartbeat. I guess since I hand raised these females they know me and are comfortable with me getting near them, bringing their babies some food and water and even handling the babies. So far, neither of them have decided to run a stake through my hand (that beak of theirs) but instead calmly watch me. I've lifted them up to look under them and have even taken eggs and put eggs back as well as chicks - but, let a rooster or hen get within 10 feet and "LOOK OUT"!!!!