What are we? *pics*

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Kedreeva, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I just got back from the big Indiana animal swap meet (did anyone else go?) and settled in three new additions here and a ton at the farm. We got 5 each of standard buff cochins and light brahma hens, 3 polish hens and 1 cock, 2 turkeys (thank you again Steve, we got a Bourbon Red and a Blue Slate), a pair of seabright chicks.... and three peachicks.

    The first two were from the same lady and I think they are about 2 weeks old. She had -no idea- what they were and had them lumped in with a bunch of 5 week old seabrights in the cold (and she had some day olds just sitting in the bottom of a tupperware D: no heat source at all, they were passed out in the sawdust cold). They were starting to flop over and freeze up, so I took them both for $20 and stuck them into my chick carrier (It's a styrofoam cooler I started to modify to be an incubator and changed my mind, but it keeps warm really well now). I'm fairly certain they are black shoulder chicks, but I'm so super new to being able to tell, I want to ask here. I have no idea how to tell what SORT of BS if that is indeed what they are.

    She also had an adult peacock next to them that she said was 3 years old (I don't know if I believe her, it was really small and looked like it had just started growing a tail). The funny/odd thing was that it looked like a strange mix. I didn't have my camera, sadly, but I'll do my best to describe it- it looked like an India Blue in the wing area, barred wings. It had a very green head and neck, but no yellow spots in the cheeks. On its back, the feathers leading to the train were coppery bronze colored, not green-copper like I usually have seen in an India Blue. He had small 'eye' back feathers that were the color of an India Blue's. Is it possible it WAS an India blue, even with the green head and copper/bronze back feathers? I was under the impression their head/neck area was.... well, india blue... and that area of feathers on the back was way more green!

    Anyway, here are the two possible blackshoulders:
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    The tan brown on the wings is NOT the lead edge of the wings, it's a few secondaries.
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    The other nice find (I hope) was a guy who made it sound like he had a bunch of birds dumped on him and he didn't have much of an idea what they were beyond what the lady told him when she ditched them. There were chickens (mostly cochins in various colors) and some peachicks. He had them labeled between $35 and $55, and they mostly looked to be a couple months old. There were two opal chicks. I forced myself to walk away, because I had already liberated the two blackshoulders. But I must have walked back to the booth like 10 times, and my friend finally shoved me over. We helped to advise him on the chickens and he sold us an opal chick for $40. I don't know if it's a girl or a boy, but I'm pretty sure it was labeled accurately as an Opal. I would make an age guess of 2 months, but I'm probably wrong.

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  2. faizan

    faizan Out Of The Brooder

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    yep! first two are blackshoulders, most probably male and female respectively
     
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Any opinions on the gender of the opal? or the age? I think she is a tad young to say gender, but maybe someone knows something I don't.
     
  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:male, looks to be 3 months
     

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