Just hatched out a yellow peachick, both parents are India Blue

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by tsparrow, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. tsparrow

    tsparrow In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2010
    SE MI
    I have two India Blue Peacocks and this year was the first year that I tried to hatch out the eggs, I only had two and one hatched out yesterday and to my surprise it is yellow. I thought they were brown? I am new at this, but I have done some reading on peachicks and everything I've seen they are brown. [​IMG] I thought I might have mistaken and had a turkey egg instead of a peacock egg, but it isn't a turkey. I may not find out because it isn't doning well.

  2. little blue

    little blue Chillin' with my Orps

    Jul 11, 2010
    Mansfield, CT
    probally black shoulder look up pics of black shoulder pics an see if that is what you have
  3. tsparrow

    tsparrow In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2010
    SE MI
    I looked up the Black Shoulder Peacock and Peahens and no that isn't what I have. They look just like the India Blues and that is what I was told they were when I bought them.. The only thing I can think of is maybe they were mixed, but I seen their flocks of peacocks before I bought them and they all looked like India Blues, but like I said I am new at the peacocks. I wasn't even planning on breeding them, I just love their beauty and their calls.

    I will try to post pictures of the two I have.
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    I think he means look at the chicks... If you look very closely at your chicks, you may find that their flight feathers on their wings have a slightly tan overcast to them, rather than actually being white flights. It's far more likely that your adult are split to blackshoulder than white if your adults do not have white primaries.

    This is Blu, one of my yearling males. See how a few of his primaries are white? Any bird split to white should have some white in that area.

    A split to blackshoulder pea, however, may not show any indication that they carry the blackshoulder gene, until you breed them against a blackshoulder bird or a split blackshoulder bird.

    Here is an image of white chicks (first) and blackshoulder chicks (second) to compare to yours. (not my photos, grabbed from google)

    See the very slight tan cast to the second picture's flight feathers? Hopefully this helps you determine what you have [​IMG]
  5. Arbor

    Arbor Songster

    Aug 14, 2011
    I'd guess white. I had the exact same thing when I hatched out my first peachicks almost 20 years ago. I was extremely shocked to find yellow chicks hatch. When I researched it, I found that the parents both had a white feather or two in their flights - split to white. I continued to hatch out white chicks at about a 50 percent rate until I lost the hen.

  6. twinchell

    twinchell Hatching

    Sep 20, 2014
    Did you find out anything? I just had two eggs hatch and to my surprise I also had one yellow one. Is this normal? Will the chick stay yellow/white or will it change color as it gets older?
    Thank you. I am new to this and I was under the understanding that they were India Blue birds.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2014
  7. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Crowing

    Jan 13, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    Hello and [​IMG] !

    You've jumped onto a very old thread here.
    It's likely your chick's Indian Blue parents have some hidden genetics.
    For example, they may both look like regular Indian Blues, but actually be split to Black Shoulder, in which case you may have a Black Shoulder peachick.

    There are peachick pictures on our Image Database you can look at for comparison:
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2014
  8. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
  9. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Songster

    Sep 23, 2014
    Lol, my neighbor has a fairly old pair of India Blues that have never successfully raised chicks. He is fascinated by my opal silver pied, which he believes is some kind of white bird. (We have a massive language barrier trying to communicate.) When I first saw his birds, I pointed out the white flights and told him he might get white chicks if they ever successfully hatched eggs. He was pretty excited.

    Well a couple months ago, ONE chick somehow hatched, he managed to save it from the hen (who was well on the way to killing it), and we managed to somehow communicate well enough for him to keep it alive. It is yellow -- a white chick (not black shoulder) -- what a hoot! My elderly neighbor with elderly birds, who desperately wants white peas, ended up with one! [​IMG]

    Now if I could just find another chick for him so poor Lucky isn't a lonely only over there...

  10. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Songster

    Dec 18, 2013

    And welcome to the Wonderful World of Peas!!

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