Originally Posted by WestKnollAmy
What a depressing thread.
Though I hope the outcome will get better for breeders and they are more careful.
I have a Cameo and Peach in breeding together. They are at least 6 years old and both have good eyesight. I have moved them to different pens twice in the past 14 months and they knew right where the roost and food/water was and of course, no white.
Just hatched their first offspring so I hope neither was able to pass it on from earlier generations. I did not know their original breeder. He passed away in 2011.
I did learn from this thread though so it is helpful, but sad.
Were they from Deerman? He would have been on the lookout for it for sure, God rest his soul.
I think one of the issues originally was that it took so long to appear in some birds that they had long since produced offspring before anyone realized there was an issue. I believe there are peach and cameo birds that aren't afflicted, which is good news. I'd be concerned about anything that looked like a progressive pied -- would watch that very closely.
To me, this is one of the things about BYC for which we should all be incredibly grateful -- where else are you going to find this sort of information? Once upon a time, some of it was buried on the UPA forum (and perhaps even in the members-only section, I can't remember), but all that old information has disappeared. The fact that people have shared this information freely and that it remains accessible to anyone, member or not, is a real benefit to the peafowl community. So sad as it is, I'm glad it's here.
Even more glad that your birds are healthy!