Color question

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Frosty, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know a lot of colors don't really photograph well. I have been looking at Bronze, but I have seen some Opal that look the same to me. Are the two colors close? What are the differences between them?
     
  2. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I don't know what pics you are looking at but Opals are practically silver and bronzes are... well, bronze. Here's some good lighting pics from texas peafowl. I can't speak for the actual genetics, but their phenotype is wildly different.

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  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the top one the bronze? I have mostly seen pictures on eBay, and when you see pictures of them displaying you mostly see the head, neck and train. The neck color looks a lot the same to me... I think they are beautiful, and I hear they look better than a photo can capture?
     
  4. 6littlechickies

    6littlechickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Frosty, we have both opal and bronze and yes both look much better in person. Opal does remind me of an opal gem but the base isn't white it's dark. I do have lots more pics on our website but here are a few of each. hope this helps show the difference.

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  5. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Believe me, your eggs on eBay were some of the ones that I have been eyeing up. Beautiful birds! I did get some peafowl eggs on eBay, and ended up with nothing. I am wondering if I should get chicks or adults instead. You don't ship chicks, do you? Most places I see that have Opal or Bronze only have them as a possibility in a breeders choice mix.
     
  6. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Yes the top one was Bronze... they look MUCH different in person. Personally I vastly prefer the opal to the bronze
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree very much photos do not do them justice.

    They look very different in person even to color blind me. Opals have body in tones and shades of grey. (I cannot see the opal gemstone colors- everybody else does) Opal peacock necks look more like a dark grey(also with the opal gemstone colors).

    Bronzes are in shades of brown and copper-ish. Peacock necks are a good, deep, solid brown(chocolate brown?) with bronzy/hints of other colors when it's shining. Their tails look a lot like how you know copper shines in the sun?

    Both very beautiful. I was never impressed with bronzes from pictures, not even the high glossy prints. But I was stunned upon seeing them in person. So much of their color and shine does not translate well to pictures. If you like the lavender color in chickens, you'll like the opal peahens and juvenile males. Their colors are almost the same to me.


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  8. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if I decided that I wanted a pair of each, would I be able to tell the difference between the hens, or should I get one pair at a time so that I know for sure which is which?
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    The bronze and opal do look different ,easy to tell them apart . Its the charcoal and the opal that look alot alike,
     
  10. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are the hens easy to tell apart, too? I have never actually see either Bronze or Opal, just heard how beautiful they actually are. If I got some, I wouldn't want to do something stupid like put the Opal hen with the Bronze...

    And does anyone have any suggestions on where to get them (they would have to be shipped)? A lot of breeders just have the Opal and Bronze in with a breeders choice mix.
     

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