Rhea Question... NEW Pattern?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by texascowboy1979, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I know what Rheas look like..

    White and Grey..

    and White rheas have the same black marking that Grey Rheas have...

    But I had a baby born that is white with a Grey Rhea's Back coloring.. OUt of 21 babies.. he is the only one that looks like this.. Mutation? What do you all think?

    White baby

    Grey Baby

    Pied??? baby??
  2. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2010
    Columbia SC
    some serious cute ugly ducklings
  3. 2buckskins

    2buckskins Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northern CA
    That looks pied to me! Or maybe call it paradox if it's not a separate mutation? I wonder if the grey patch will stay!
  4. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Dont know if patch will stay.. I hope so.. if it does, I plan to use it in my breeding program... Ill have to wait a few months before I can tell if its a boy or girl... It be nice if I actually had a new variation appear of my ranch... These things have to start somewhere...
  5. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    I have absolutely no idea, but I shall shadow this thread with interest.

    Supreme Emu
  6. AlexBracken

    AlexBracken Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    I'll be following this also. It appears as if it has some genetics from both white and gray breeds. I would imagine that if it's not just a phase that it will "outgrow," you could use it in a breeding program to make a crossbreed. I think that the placement of the pattern is very interesting as well, almost perfect.
  7. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Don't have a clue but it's cool! I really want to add rheas to my flock but can't seem to find and babies or eggs! [​IMG]
  8. 2buckskins

    2buckskins Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northern CA
    Yeah, the spot placement is kind of saddleback! It's great! [​IMG]
  9. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I don't know, but you need to pack him up and send him over here............. [​IMG]
  10. DeerFarmer

    DeerFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2011
    WOW...That is Really Neat!!!!
    I just bought 8 Young Rhea 7 Gray and one White....How are you going to sex it?
    Is there an easy way for a newbie to tell the sex by head shape,Dna,vent sexing?
    I will post a picture...Here shortly
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011

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