How young do spaulding hens get their yellow?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by coleridgedane, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chillin' With My Peeps

    161
    0
    89
    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Just noticed one of my yearling hens is showing a bright yellow spot. Have I just missed this or does it only develop with growth? She was supposed to be an IB. But this breeder has mainly Indo-Chinese greens with some IBs. He's confused since he has no spauldings. But as he said, none that he knew of until now.
     
  2. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

    740
    18
    149
    Jul 11, 2010
    South of Blanco, TX
    My Spaldings about 75% green start showing some yellow on the face at about 6 months old. I'm trying to figure out how to keep it bright and vivid. It comes out, looks great but as time goes on it fades away or gets very light. Anyone?
     
  3. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chillin' With My Peeps

    161
    0
    89
    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
  4. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chillin' With My Peeps

    161
    0
    89
    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Oh rats! It'll take me forever to figure this out. But that's Mr Brown & his wife Mrs White.
     
  5. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

    4,111
    286
    296
    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Sometimes around the winter the peahens and even peacocks will get a slight yellow tint on their face but I am not sure if that necessarily means they are spalding. I think even India blues might get a bit of yellow during certain times of the year or maybe they do have a bit of green blood. If the breeder has greens and has kept them with India blues then I would definitely wonder if she was a spalding.
    Here is a picture of one of my peahens named Damsel. Right around this time of the year she gets that yellow tint on her face. In this picture this is about as bright as it will get and it goes away in the spring and summer.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chillin' With My Peeps

    161
    0
    89
    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
  7. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

    4,111
    286
    296
    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    I can't see any yellow in those photos. The second picture, the peacock, he is either dark pied or split to white if that helps...
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  8. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chillin' With My Peeps

    161
    0
    89
    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Foxy... didn't get any close-ups of the "new" spaulding hen. But, it is NOT a yellow tint. It is a small distinct bright yellow mark. My mentor says it's def a spaulding but I hoped someone could tell me when they became apparent based on age.
    This pied is not her. I didn't get a good head shot of her, sorry for the confusion.
     
  9. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

    4,111
    286
    296
    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Okay well then it probably is a spalding.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by