Is this baby peacock a male or female?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by TearDropSoup, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. TearDropSoup

    TearDropSoup In the Brooder

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    These photos were taken at about 5 days old. The breed is an Indian blue peacock.

    I have read that you will be able to tell the gender when the peacock gets older, but this is my pet peacock and I'd like to call him something[​IMG]

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    . He follows me around everywhere as I catch bugs to feed him and I'd like for him to have a name, and not be known as a "no-name" I'm not really interested in unisex names either.

    He/She was hatched out of the incubater alone so he/she doesn't have any brothers or sisters to compare legs. (I read that males legs are longer) Is there any way to tell if he's a boy or girl?
     
  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Crowing

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    The main way people try to sex young peachicks is by color. Many say that female chicks will be darker brown and male chicks will be lighter colored.

    You keep calling the chick a he, and I feel like it is a he also but it is just a feeling so I can't say for sure. He reminds me of my Peep who hatched alone too. I taught him how to hunt ants. [​IMG] Now he is all grown up. Peep is three years old now. Just be careful an imprinted peacock may become aggressive when he grows up. Peep isn't aggressive but he does try to mate with my foot. He displays for me. That is normally how it goes I think. If they are imprinted to you and they don't grow up to be aggressive to you, they grow up seeing you as a potential mate!

    I didn't want to name Peep before I knew his sex, but my dad kept calling him Peep because of the noise he made, and the name stuck!

    Here is one of Peep's baby photos:
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  3. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Crowing

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    It kind of looks like a girl. I sex them based on the primaries for IB peachicks. See those feathers at the tip of the wing that are dark brown, that is why I say female. I would wait though for the entire wing to go fully feathered then you can get a real good idea on the sex.
     
  4. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chirping

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    Wow do they really feather in that quick? I've never had peafowl before but I plan to next year. That is a really cute peachick by the way. :D
     
  5. MinxFox

    MinxFox Crowing

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    Peachicks hatch with feathers and in around 5 days they can fly.
     
  6. TearDropSoup

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    :)
     
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  7. TearDropSoup

    TearDropSoup In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the reply and info. For some reason I do feel like it's a boy pea chick too. I kinda hope it is, but I'd still love it either way if it was a peahen. :) I'm glad to talk to someone that has been in my place before.

    I really need to teach mine to catch it's own bugs too. It's pretty hard because I have cats and he/she is at the tiny stage of life. Do you think in about a month it will be big enough to venture outside with me without a cat trying to pounce on it?

    Are you saying it might attack me when it gets older?

    That is a very cute picture of him! What type of peacock is he?
     
  8. TearDropSoup

    TearDropSoup In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the input.

    I did read about male Indian blue pea chicks being a rusty color and female chicks are more chocolate color.
     
  9. TearDropSoup

    TearDropSoup In the Brooder

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    Thank you!!! He's pretty adorable in person too!
     
  10. TearDropSoup

    TearDropSoup In the Brooder

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    he/she... lol
     

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