The purple color in peafowl is a sex linked color. Peahens only need one copy of purple to show the purple color, peacocks have to have two copies in order to show the purple color. This year, we had the purple hen (Amelia) in with our india blue white eyed pied peacock ( Michaelangelo). Because purple is a sex linked color, with this cross we were expecting purple hens and india blue peacocks split to purple. We weren't expecting purple peacocks, but we hatched 3 in the 2011 spring hatch. We were unaware of Michaelangelo's genetics, but now know that he is split to purple.
These are the first 5 chicks above hatched during the end of May and through June 2011. The two lightest colored chicks are both purple females, one pied and one solid. These babies are very much alive..just sleeping!
Purple Pied Peahen at about 3 weeks old.
Purple Pied Peahen at about 10 Weeks old.
Purple Dark Pied Peahen at about 6 Weeks Old
Purple Dark Pied Pea hen at about 4 Months Old
Purple Peacock at about 1 Week Old
Purple Peacock at about 6 1/2 Weeks Old
Purple Peacock at about 2 Months Old
Purple Pied Peahen at 7 1/2 Months Old
Purple Peacocks at 6 Months Old
Purple Peacock at 6 Months Old