Type of mutation:
The white peafowl is a colour mutation, and although it can carry other genes, such as the black shouldered peafowl and white-eyed, they are not visible because of its completely white colour.
White Peacock Coloration:
The White Peacock, as their name implies are completely white. Faint eyespots can be distinguished in the train by a thin layer of off white that surrounds the ocelli. The actual seeing eyes of the birds are blue.
White Peahen Coloration:
Hens are completely white, with blue eyes.
White Peachick Coloration:
When first hatched, the chick is yellow in colour with white wings. White chicks are hard to sex until about one year of age (remember this if you are offered a pair that are only months old) when the male will developed wispy tail coverts, because the bird does not change colour much in its lifetime, and the white peacock and peahen look so similar. Chicks born at the same time can sometimes be sexed by the length of their legs. Males often have longer legs than the females.
White peafowl Origin:
It is speculated there may be a few white peafowl bred naturally in India. White was one of the first variations to be discovered and made popular, and has been around for many years.
Do they breed true?:
Yes, white bred to white will produce 100% white chicks. White is an incomplete dominant gene, so when a white is bred to a non-white the offspring will be split to white, and this will show itself by small white patches on its primary wing feathers.
Brow Farm and White Peacocks
We have had white peafowl at Brow Farm for more than Thirty years now. Our first birds only came from a couple of miles down the road. from the man who first got me started with peafowl. He being Harry Hunter who at the age of 83 pasted away earlier this year 2021. A much missed friend and fount of knowledge on not just peafowl , but livestock of all kinds.