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Another Color Question

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by casportpony, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Okay, so I've only had peafowl for a few years now, so I don't really have a clue! [​IMG] I noticed that several of my pea-teens and all of peahens have some white wing feathers. Some have white primaries and some have white primary coverts. I've also noticed that a couple of them have very small patches of white on their throats (1/4" x 1/4"). Does this mean anything?

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    Source: http://swittersb.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/fly-tying-a-whole-wing-what-to-do/wing-anatomy/
     
  2. country_girl011

    country_girl011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    white wing feathers = split to white / and/or pied birds.
    this means if bred togather (2 split to whites) you could get not only Ib offspring but also white or pied. depending on which they are split to .

    white throat signals that these birds are dark pied rather than regular IB birds.
    meaning they carry the pied gene.
     
  3. BYC-user-174785

    BYC-user-174785 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, what country-girl011 said is completely correct.
    I have one dark pied peahen and one india blue split to white peahen in with a white peacock, and they produced white peachicks, india blue split to white peachicks, india blue dark pied peachicks, and india blue pied peachicks!
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    So if I have a bird with white primaries and a throat patch it's a dark pied?
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    It took me forever to figure out horse colors, so please, be gentle. [​IMG]
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I should also say that it wasn't until I found this group that I had even heard the term "split to" and I don't really understand what that means.
     
  7. country_girl011

    country_girl011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes as long as its actually a white throat patch and not just the normal light patch that IB hens have
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    this is piper a normal IB split to white hen (you just cant see her white flights in this photo.
    but a dark pied will have a larger throat patch than this. (just for comparison)
     
  8. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the post and for the answers. Split (correct me if I'm wrong) means that the bird is one color but also carries the gene for another color.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    The white I have seen is separated with dark feathers between the white. Does that count as a white patch? In horses, it does. On this teen-hen, it's very small.
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  10. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    That I understand... My Kelly Bundy brain needs lots of help!
     

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