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
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    Grey Baby
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    Pied??? baby??
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  2. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some serious cute ugly ducklings
     
  3. 2buckskins

    2buckskins Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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

    Supreme Emu
     
  6. AlexBracken

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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