Sexing my peafowl

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Tbonter101, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Tbonter101

    Tbonter101 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys!! I bought this opal "Bird"....we shall call it for now last week and I was told when I bought it that it's a male/peacock. I am skeptical of that. She stated the Bird is two years of age. Im thinking it's a hen.
    Can anyone on here tell me anything from these pics?
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  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Are these three individual peafowl or just one? If this is just one this is confusing me. The first one looks like a peacock do to the barring. The second looks like a hen do to the lack of barring, the structure of the neck feathers, and the ridge on the side of the neck. The third I'm on the fence about but thinking more of a male than female.
     
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  5. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree, to vague on every pic. The first one does look like a rooster but if thats the same bird in the other pics, theres issues.

    Gerald Barker
     
  6. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a male, second pic is a hen.
     
  7. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good eyes @Birdrain92 & @barkerg [​IMG] Not sure what @Tbonter101 was trying to say or ask us here, but those are not the same bird.




    I personally (speaking as a gardening person), was quite impressed with the lush green grass in Michigan this time of year -- last I heard it was still snowing up there -- but then I happened to notice that this exact same photo of this lovely hen happens to be on Sid's Texas Peafowl website http://www.texaspeafowl.com/DSC_5328.JPG :

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    ... Where she is listed as an opal spalding hen. (We also have a slightly different crop of that same beautiful hen -- properly attributed -- in our BYC image database. http://peafowlimagedatabase.weebly.com/spalding-opal.html Have a look @new 2 pfowl ... ) [​IMG]

    With that said, the first and third photos appear to be a very nice looking male -- and it looks like @q8peafowl chimed in while I was writing this, hi q8 [​IMG]

    Assuming that the male bird in pics #1 &3 is @Tbonter101 's, did the seller happen to mention anything about it being a spalding? What do you guys think???

    And I am green with envy over the aviary.

    BTW, before we forget -- welcome to the peafowl forum of BYC [​IMG]
     
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  8. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hen ..... why : small head and on her back the feathers became to change and get one one color .... no more barred feathers !
    A picture of the back ... is needed !
     
  9. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with @Dany12 that better pictures would be very helpful!

    @barkerg , if the bird is a spalding, what does that suggest about the barring on the tail feathers? (I had to click on the image to get it large enough to see [​IMG])
     
  10. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    I know the question was directed to barkerg I've seen Spalding peahens will barring on tail feather and tail coverts. I'm talking about very low % Spalding.
     

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