How did we end up with all white peafowl?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by TopofNowhere, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. TopofNowhere

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    Sorry, looks like the picture of the father did not show in last post - This is Apollo, I believe an India blue.
     
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  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Well the hen in the picture is a Spalding. Which does has no effect on a peachick being blue or white. To get White chicks out of non White peafowl is both parents are split to White. Do the parents have any white feathers on their throat or on their wings? Small White feathers on the throat and some white feathers on the wing are indicators of a peafowl being split to White.
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  3. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The very first chicks I ever hatched out were white, from blue parents. Generally odds are 25%, but sometimes it works differently. You could breed the same pair for the next 10 yrs and never get another white one. It's all a gamble.
     
  4. TopofNowhere

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    That's amazing - We had 5 chicks, and all were yellow (which I assume would all end up white). This is Aphrodite, the mom - a little bit of white on her breast maybe? Thanks for your replies!
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    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello there @TopofNowhere , pretty peas!

    So, I'm wondering if your chicks are really white?
    You say "which then of course turned white," but you also say "which I assume would all end up white."
    Can you post pictures?

    The reason I ask is because Black Shoulder chicks also look awfully white when young, which can be confusing if you've never seen them before!

    Regular Indian Blue chick on left, Indian Blue Black Shoulder chick on right
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  6. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does your hen above have a "smokey" look across her back? As in off colored feathers not normal for an IB?? We've hatched IB looking chicks from bssp parents and the end result was a india blue looking bird until they got older and then several feathers was lighter in tone than the others.
     
  7. TopofNowhere

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    Hi French Black Copper! The first picture in Post #1 on this thread is the mom (the Spalding, multi-colored one) and the white ones are the chicks - they were born in July and are now the same size as mom at 5 months! . They were all pure yellow when they hatched, and now all three are white. I just heard back from the breeder of the boy (a black shoulder - photo in second post) and he says white adolescents are always female? But I have seen white males online so now I'm just very confused.
    I don't know much about the mom (she also in the pictures in post #1 and post $#5) as she was a bit of a rescue. They were hatched in the wild, but we've since put them in an outdoor fenced run since mom kept leading them to the swimming pool to drink and the chicks fell in :(
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  8. Birdrain92

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    Black Shoulder hens remain mainly white. Black Shoulder hen is the white one with gray across her back. Black Shoulder hens are mostly white with gray color on their back. White peafowl will remain solid. Lots of times people will have Indian Blue peafowl and get chicks that are yellow. So they think they have White peafowl when they begin to notice color change. Some people will mistake Black Shoulder hens for Whites, Pied, and Silver Pieds. Black Shoulder and White peachicks hatch out the same color. Only after a few weeks you will notice a difference between Black Shoulder chicks and White peachicks. Your peachicks are White peafowl.
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  9. TopofNowhere

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    Thanks Birdrain92! Hopefully we'll start figuring out which are male/female. Two seem a bit bigger than the other, so perhaps two boys and one girl. Still seems so odd that all 5 chicks were whites out of this combo of the male IB and the female Spalding! Who knows what we will get next time!
     

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