Dear BackYard Chickens Forum Members, If interested, please send photos of your female Buff and Red Buff Spalding/Spauldings. I'm looking for birds with plumage that is dramatically marked with vivid colour and/or unusual patterning. The objective is to suss out who the breeders with the best heirloom lineages are. Sid's heirloom stock Next year we begin building a female only flock of peafowl for Griffin Hill. These female peafowl have a purpose. They will be used to brood and surrogate-rear monals, eared and cheer pheasants. If your peahens look as if they could closely blend in any of these landscapes- disappear with a brood of invaluable pheasant chicks just by halting all movement- because their patterns and colour enables them to do so, please post some photos. Remember, iridescence is a masterful form of camouflage. Predators generally can't see in colour. Pattern and hue are going to be critical factors in their long term survival and we need each peahen to hatch and rear chicks successfully every year for several years before we can trust the pheasants to perpetuate their numbers on their own. When every peahen is slightly different in markings and hue this bodes well for all because it makes it even more difficult for predators to identify each individual bird in a group and this enables a social unit to all make an escape.