Hello everyone. I have not been raising peafowl for very long but I have become very infatuated with the look of the India Blues. Sure the other colors are very pretty but, for me, (and maybe I'm vanilla boring) but the IB (especially the shape of their head) is the only bird for me. Having said that, I arrived at my opinion through careful observation of many types of peafowl: Javas, Spauldings and Indians. The Javas all appear to have crests that are near vertical in relation to the ground. Spauldings a little less so but the Java gene (since aren't Spauldings a cross between a Java and an Indian?) figures prominently in the Spaulding crest. So here's the point of my post, thus the question: Do pure India Blue females tend to have crests that stand more erect than the IB males? I acquired 2 three-month old females from a breeder this weekend. I hatched a single chick 3 months ago, who turned out to be male. His crest inclines back about 45 degrees or so. To me this is an "attractive" looking pea head. The javas and spauldings are just not for me. The females were billed as pure IB. That's what I was told, and it's what I wanted. The crests were pretty torn up, which is common, I think, especially with penned birds that might be crowded in a small space. No biggie. Feathers grow back, and fast with high protein food. So am I fretting over nothing that these IB females might have "stray" Spaulding blood in them? Do you think this is the case or do the female crests just tend to be more erect, as a natural feature of the IB breed? I really wanted pure IB's. Is it common to find Spaulding lines in birds that are marketed as Indians?