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Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Pfauenfreund, Jan 14, 2013.
Very pretty album
I love that album! Great pictures and gorgeous birds. I absolutely love the big tight crests and the colorful peahens. The young peahen is one of the first offspring, right? Were those two hens raised my their moms or were they just put in with the breeders?
Thanks so much for sharing those pictures with us.
Your peas are really spectacular!
I love the colors! I can't tell if I like your peacocks more or your peahens. They are equally beautiful!
The young peahen is one of my Pavo Muticus Muticus. There is no picture in the album of the two young Imperator Hens. Here are two Pictures of the young Imperator hen which I made at same day.(Age 5.5 month).
One of the two were running with a IB hen. But middle of December i separeted them. Because the greens have to stay in the Barns when it is cold and the IB can go out all the time.
I see. They are very nice hens.
Do the hens ever loose their barring? They are are pretty
Oh those young peahens are looking very beautiful already!
Zazouse - The green peahens do keep the barring on them. Actually one way to tell if a green is a peahen is by looking at the flight feathers. The small flight feathers will have black barring on them if it is a peahen, and if it is a peacock, it will not have barring on the flight feathers. Here is an example from Pfauenfreund's website of a peahen and you can see the barring on the flight feathers: http://www.peafowl-farm.com/Home-En...ator-E/Album-PMI-TN-E45/album-pmi-tn-e45.html
The « sexual size dimorphism index » is also very important ....males are higher on legs than females !
Far we can distinguish young males from females.
Zazouse, as MinxFox wrote the hens will always have the barring, but it differs between the hens. Sexing young peafowl based on the barring on the hand feathers is not possible. Young males can have barring on the hand feathers too. Some are having barred hand feather two years.
The leg length is one thing as long as the birds are growing normal, sometimes you have a small male and a big hen then it can be very difficult. The best way are the breast and neck feathers. As you can see on the Pictures below (I made the front part of the above photo bigger). Hens are getting small spots in front of the breast feathers. Males never have these spots. This difference is coming between the fourth and the sixth month. There are some other details where you can see the sex, but this is clear even if you have no experiences.