peahen turning white

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by warcard, May 8, 2009.

  1. warcard

    warcard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can peafowl change color as they age?

    I have a cameo female that we bought, well cameo colored. Three years later (now) her feathers are coming in white (especially wing feathers).
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes , and most cameo get lighter thru the year from the sun.
     
  3. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA
    That sound like the lethal gene. I have a couple do that. They also go blind. The blindness also happens in purple pieds also for some reason.
     
  4. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    Your hen could also carry the white eye gene. a friends India blue male (that I now own) apeared to be a pure IB until he was 5-6 years old and then started getting white eyes in his train.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    pic, of my Bronze, no white feather untill this year, NO he is not a pied.Yearling bronze peacock.

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  6. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes saw that site before, think he will be like the first Buford Bronze. He is a 2 yr now, he had no white until he started his molt last fall.
    I have him with bronze hens(with no pied in their back ground)
    He has no pied or w.e. in his back ground.
    Cant wait until next year to see how he molts out with a full train.


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  8. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA
    That is interesting. I have never heard of a bronze have the lethal gene and this may not be. I have hatched thousands of peafowl over the last 30 years and have raised hundreds to be adults and never had one do that. I have had birds with pied in them get more as they got older but the only ones that have gotten patches of white like that eventually turned totallywhite and went blind. It usually starts in years 2 or 3 and by 5 or 6 are almost totally white and blind.
     
  9. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    my bronze pair are also 2 yrs old.... but his train is still bronze, with no sign of white coming in. Interesting that that gene is not consistent in this variety.
     
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes I only know of 3 bronze peacock turning white, and one bronze peahen turning white.

    Trying to lock this in with bronze.

    Talk to lots of UPA members about this.

    Pic of the same bronze, with a charcoal. note no white.

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