White peafowl gender

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by zazouse, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I got my first pea's a while back, i was given a white one because they did not want it to be alone, i offered to pay for it but they told me just take it sence i waited so long for my pea"s [​IMG].

    I now know that i have 1 male and 3 Females, but i do not know what the white one's gender., so will it grow any tail feathers in it's first year so i can tell if it is a male or not?
     
  2. 6littlechickies

    6littlechickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Burton, OH
    Males usually don't get tails until their second year. In general white's are really hard to tell gender. Most can't really tell until about a year old without DNA sexing. If you could post some pics that might help everyone. Sometimes if you compare them with others from hatch you can tell by size or stance if they are male/female. We have a female that stumped us for the longest time! She was an early 2009 hatch and we weren't even sure she was a girl until late this summer. One thing to look for is spurs, males are huge. If you look at the other ones you know are males and compare you might get a good idea.

    I'm sure others will reply and can offer more guidance, you can also try a google seach to see male/female and compare with yours. What other kind(s) do you have? We love pics! [​IMG]
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the reply i was not sure if they got a few tail feathers at 1 & 2 or waited till 3 to grow a entire set. or train

    This is a photo of them when i got them on 8-24 at 1 & 3 weeks of age , they are 3 times bigger now, i need to take updated photos.

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  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    oh no, it'll be this time next year before you can visually sex it. Look like the above post said for over all body size, spur size, leg thickness, hight, and the tail will be heavier even with out the train, but as for that, tes it will be 2 years old before a hint of train starts to come in. If it gets more than a 1/2" spur next year, it's a male under 1/2" female
     
  5. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
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    Wellll if you CLOSELY watch the white one compared to the india blue one beside it in the photo that is the same size/age... This winter you will be able to see differences. The males will get leggy, the girls look lower to the ground. Males will have slightly heavier heads, will stand taller, and will start acting more like a male. Even though girls will display, the boys do it more. They may also do some sparring with other males, and try to breed. I can generally pick out a white male around 6-8 months old IF I have other birds to compare it with.
     
  6. reesepoultry

    reesepoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2009
    White isn't so hard to sex. By the time it is 3-4 months old, it should start getting a tail if it doesn't then it is a hen. That is how I sexed mine to be a hen.

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  7. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I have been doing this for almost 10 yrs and I have never been able to sex a White by tail feathers at 3 to 4 months old. At a year old you should be able to tell the sex, some peafowl are short and hard to tell by the legs also I have had peahens that was taller then my males.
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I'm with you on that one, we have white pea's that go from 3 years old (the oldest) to about a year 1/2. Watching some of them grow from chicks I couldn't tell 100% until they were coming up on a year. Ours come from 2 breeders and the legs are different. The ones we got from Brad Legg are shorter legged than the ones we got from Iona McCormick.

    Steve
     
  9. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
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    Aww gentlemen, your not watching them close enough [​IMG]
    lol bet you dont notice when your wife cuts her hair either [​IMG] (kidding)
    Grab a beer and a lawn chair.... You can see a difference around 6 months old if you really study them, but as I said, I need another one the same age to compare too.

    I know what you mean about the shorter legs though. My midnights are rather short legged. Think I'll add some spalding to my midnights next year.

    *** Steve, how are your Coronations doing? laying yet?? the chicks I hatched this spring should start laying any day now. Im out there looking for eggs twice a day lately (a watched pot never boils)
     
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  10. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:
    No, I just got me a Pure Coronation Rooster to put on my split hens, and on the hair cut thing my hair is almost to the middle of my back so I don't get very many hair cuts [​IMG].

    Steve
     
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