What color is this hen?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by CORNISH_MAN, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. CORNISH_MAN

    CORNISH_MAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just picked up this hen but im not sure what color she is. I was thinking purple but Im not quite sure. She looks a little different than the other purple hens Ive had. Here are a few photo's, the last one is her next to an India blue hen. Maybe shes just a light colored IB? What do you guys think? I bet deerman will know.

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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    No idea on the color but it's a lovely bird [​IMG]
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    IB White Eye
     
  4. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    So she isn't a purple?
     
  5. CORNISH_MAN

    CORNISH_MAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW, I didnt see that one coming. I would have never thought IB white eye especially since she has no white on her. Thanks alot deerman.



    Thanks! She is a beautiful bird, I didnt know what she was but I knew I had to have her. [​IMG]
     
  6. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have guessed purple too, but I've not seen an IB white-eyed hen, so I can't be certain.
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep I agree with her being IB white eyed. How much white a hen has varies quite a bit, from none like her to a "chessboard" of silvery grey and white feathers.

    The amount or placement of white feathers can change over the years. It's especially noticeable with yearling hens as they fully mature- some are born with little or no white then have hundreds at 4 yrs. The reverse also happens... a "chessboard" yearling can become rather solid colored at maturity.

    Much more reliable are the sugar-frosted look(when she moves around you may notice a whitish cast to the feathers) with or without a greyish color on the peahen's bodies. These are more consistent than white feathers.
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    yes the frosted look....or grey cast........is what show its a IB White eye.....purple hens will be more rust brown, like a cameo except cameo hen will not have the green or colored feathers in the neck
     
  9. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good to know [​IMG]
     
  10. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Ooh okay that makes since! I just thought she looked strange because her neck feathers looked more purple/blue, but I guess that is just a variation. [​IMG]
     

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