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Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by guineaguy, Dec 3, 2012.
What color do you all think this it suppose to be chocolate
Looks like a chocolate, but a light one. I'm not sure though - there are so many colors.
How can you tell it's a Blonde? Other than the obvious that it's lighter than my chocolates. I'm asking for educational purposes - not a challenge .
PS - I didn't even know there were Blondes. Ack. Now I gotta have one.
I've studied every color chart I could get my fingers on, 'til my eyes started bleeding, lol.
IMO the bird above is way too light to be a Chocolate, (even a male Chocolate which are usually on the lighter side). And it's not a Buff either, obviously. Chocolates are a dark brown based bird, and Buffs are a tan based bird... the shade of Guineas in between Chocolates and Buffs are Blondes. (Similar to the shade of the Browns, the Cinnamons in the middle and then the Buff Dundottes).
Some of my Blondes (These are Hens... a little darker than the above bird, but again still too light to be Chocolate):
So is this a true bronze
think these are both hens.
Wow. That's a beautiful guinea. I've never seen a good picture of a bronze.
Your bird looks just like my three Guinea I have running about.
I have been told they are plain old browns.
The older they get, the more they are showing a darker and typical
Guinea pattern in thier wing feathers.
There is a color chart that shows both the adults and the keets
There are also "blonde" colors.
Honestly the bird in the first pic looks more like a Chocolate to me, because the flank feathers are dark brown based. My Chocolates feather in brown as keets, and keep the brown based flank feathers thru every molt. My Bronzes feather in charcoal grey/black like my Royal Purples and always keep the charcoal grey/black based flank feathers their entire lives.
Couple of my Chocolates (the 2 in front):
Side by side comparison of flank feather colors on a Chocolate and a Royal Purple (not the best pic, bad lighting, sorry):
The bird on the left in your 2nd pic looks like a Bronze to me, with dark charcoal grey/blank based flank feathers. It's my understanding (and personal experience) that a Bronze is charcoal grey/black based and develops a bronze coloring on the wings, back and chest area as they mature. The bronze coloring doesn't develop on my Bronzes until the birds are at least 6 months old, and until then they look and feather out identical to my Royal Purples.
I only have a few Bronzes in my free range flock with my Royal Purples and Pearl Greys... I do not breed Bronze/for Bronze so I don't have very many decent pics of them.