Peafowl 201: Further Genetics- Colors, Patterns, and More

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Kedreeva, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Fingers crossed for girls... I don't know if cameo came from purple, but I know they are related. If I recall correctly, Peach is an interaction between purple and cameo...

    So, if they are males, then they are cameo and Penny is the mom, and Blu is carrying Cameo.

    If they are female, then they may be cameo or purple, and Blu is the one carrying whichever gene it is.

    Does that seem correct?

    Also, just as a silly aside- I held back one of the dark pieds that, when she was born, had no white feathers. She shed all her fluff, and then all her baby wing feathers... and on this second set of wing feathers she has grown in ONE feather on each wing that is HALF white, in the exact same place on both sides. Beep, are you even trying??
     
  2. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Correct, hmmm i have no idea about this white feather, but if its gonna help here once i had an opal w/e peachick, he didn't have any white on his wing, but after he reached 6 months old he grow few white feathers on each wing.
     
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    My opal boy did the exact same thing. He also didn't have striping on his wings! I picked him up as a 3 month old chick, I opened both his wings, looked very closely at both because I was interested in buying a female. No white, no striping on his wings (or at least, the striping was NOT what the striping was on his sibling bird, or what it was on my first opal male). I get him home, and a couple months later I caught him for his fall worming injection and noticed he had barring on his wings now... and I was dumbstruck, opened his wing to get a closer look and wham, all white primaries, too. Pretty sure he's an opal w/e too, as his barring is still yonks paler than my previous opal male, can barely see it until you're on top of him.

    As for Beep, she's just a dark pied, following after her aunt... Osiris only had ONE white feather on each wing and it was a tiny thing.
     
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  4. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sexing opal birds are hard to me at an early age, i wait for them until they are 5 months old to sex them.
     
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  5. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Yeah, I unfortunately didn't have the luxury at the time, since I was at a swap meet, so it was pretty much buy right then or the guy next to me eyeing the bird I was holding was going to!

    have you ever considered doing blood sexing? I decided to test the DNASexing.com site to see if 1) they could do peafowl) and 2) how long a test would take (they're $19.50 per bird, 5+ for 17.50/per). From the day I mailed the blood sample to them (only took 1 drop on their card), it took ~2-3 weeks to process, but I also didn't send payment with the kit, I asked them to send me an invoice, so I suspect it took longer for me. But, they could do peafowl, and I think for a bird anyone's considering keeping, it's probably worth it to know if it's a boy or a girl. Could be ESPECIALLY useful when it comes to white birds, since it takes so much longer to tell for them.

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  6. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    When I first opened up my shooting range and gun shop in 1990 an old geezer told me to never buy just one of anything. Worked for me then and works for me now!

    Wow, that is so much less expensive than the test I had done for my first African Gray back in the 90's, I think it was three or four times that back then. In hindsight I didn't really need that test done, Graybeard started calling herself Graygirl all on her own... she is a smart girl and now twenty-six years old.
     
  7. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, it happened here before, two buyers came here at the same time and both wanted the same peachicks!


    I know many here start doing the DNA tests for birds, it cost 10$ here, usually a guy will collect blood or feather samples from different breeders to do it at the same time, that's how it cost less, i was thinking of doing it for my green chicks, it would really worth it, and i'm still thinking about it, my only problem is my green peachicks are the only peachicks with no leg bands, i have to put leg bands on them to be sure which samples came from which bird. If i could only find someone to catch this crazy birds and do it for me [​IMG]
     
  8. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I'd come out and catch them for you if I were closer! You'd have to put up with me excessively petting them and cooing over how pretty they are while I do it though!! [​IMG]
     
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    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't how wild they are LOL, they will not even let you get closer, but i still have two imprinted chicks from them.


    This guy will let you pet him, but the others i'm not sure [​IMG]

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    Here is one of the wildest chicks:
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  10. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    oh my GOD that head floof is killing me [​IMG] he certainly looks like a handful (lol literally) but gosh, what beautiful babies!
    And I have one bird like that, she's a pain in my butt to catch for worming... I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more adult birds because so many of them are so flighty, but I'd wanted purple bs pied birds for a long time and there she was... oh well. I'm a sucker!
     
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