Scales on back are different 'WHY'

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by zazouse, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I guess they are called scales the feathers on the back that is.

    My 26 month old pea had copper colored scales on his back where my 16 month old is developing green ones.

    So what type/color peacock gets copper colored scales?
    I am pretty sure he is a dark pied with white flights and white on his throat but wondered what else might be in the mix, i really think it is kind drab looking myself .
    here they are together
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    this is the 26 month old Mr. Perty
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    close up Mr perty
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    here is the 16 month old Master P
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    Thanks for looking
     
  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    That kind of reminds me of what started to happen to Alto. Around the end of the summer before he moulted, his scale feathers started to get a weird dark bluish-grey-green:
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    Now that he has shed those scale feathers he now has normal feathers:
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    I don't know what exactly caused that weird color change. Maybe it was diet? Your peacock will probably end up shedding those weird scale feathers and grow in normal ones eventually like Alto.

    Edited to add that looking back at the photos he is growing in normal colored scales so he will soon have normal feathers. I think it must just be a weird phase they go through.
     
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  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks Minfox,
    he has already molted them once sence he has been here and now they are even more copper colored but masters look just like altos only in lower back by his tail. his upper body scales are developing nicely.
    I hope he does shed them they are not very becoming to him plus to me it takes away from the beauty of the IB
     

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