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Split to blackshoulder feathering

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Midnightman14, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Midnightman14

    Midnightman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all I had a question, I've heard from several sources that a peacock that is split to black shoulder will have a dark edge on the front part of his wing by the base of the neck. I have a male (pictured) who I know for a fact is split to blackshoulder and he does have this edge to his feathers. Is this an old wives tale or does it have actual merit? Thanks in advance.


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  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello there,
    Are you talking about these circled dark feathers? If so, that is the usual color for IB barred/wild type secondary flight feathers:

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    How do you know your fella is split BS, has he produced BS chicks?

    IMHO, and in my experience only, IB split BS can be indicated by this kind of coloring on the upper wing:

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    However, others here have said they think this theory is incorrect...so who knows? [​IMG]
     
  3. Midnightman14

    Midnightman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought but other people swear by it, and yes him and one of his females have had clutches that are 50-50 IB and IB blackshoulder
     
  4. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    I have a cock that has the same markings on its shoulder also. All the 'experts' I have asked say it is just 'over-melanized' and is more 'true to IB coloration'... I don't know what to think either. [​IMG]
     
  5. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This one is split BS.
     
  6. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this bird has some green blood ... he's a spalding .... half of his pants is black !
     
  7. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know but he can't get that much black on his shoulders unless he is split to BS.
     
  8. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    All of my males that have those dark patches on the shoulders have produced BS chicks, so it seems to hold true here.
     
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  9. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah i believe its true.
     
  10. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The spaldings .... all percentage ... can be split BS !

    Bleu BS are iridescent.... I think bronze BS are too .... others ... ??
     

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