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Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feathers?

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I have a chick (13 wks old) that was sold to me as a female barred rock, but Ive been suspicious about its sex for months and posted pics a few times asking for opinions.  Responses were mixed/confused.  Today I noticed a slight green sheen to the feathers on its back. 
Any chance of it being a mixed breed female, or is it certainly a black sexlink male?
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Elaine

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My Furry Friends: 3 dogs, 1 cat
My Pet Chickens: 2 barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 speckled sussex, and new this year, 2 Hatchery Amaraucanas! Weeee!

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My Family:  3 kiddos, 1 husband
My Furry Friends: 3 dogs, 1 cat
My Pet Chickens: 2 barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 speckled sussex, and new this year, 2 Hatchery Amaraucanas! Weeee!

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My black sex-link hens have a green sheen to them in the sun

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post #3 of 18

Austalorps hens have green irridescent feathers on their sides... everywhere else is black. If your pullet looks like a barred rock with some greenish, it's probably a male, though.

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post #4 of 18
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my black sexlink hens have a green sheen in the sun


are they barred?


Edited by elabraleon - 12/26/10 at 12:37pm

My Family:  3 kiddos, 1 husband
My Furry Friends: 3 dogs, 1 cat
My Pet Chickens: 2 barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 speckled sussex, and new this year, 2 Hatchery Amaraucanas! Weeee!

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My Family:  3 kiddos, 1 husband
My Furry Friends: 3 dogs, 1 cat
My Pet Chickens: 2 barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 speckled sussex, and new this year, 2 Hatchery Amaraucanas! Weeee!

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post #5 of 18

any pics?

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Originally Posted by elabraleon 

I have a chick (13 wks old) that was sold to me as a female barred rock, but Ive been suspicious about its sex for months and posted pics a few times asking for opinions.  Responses were mixed/confused.  Today I noticed a slight green sheen to the feathers on its back. 
Any chance of it being a mixed breed female, or is it certainly a black sexlink male?
Thanks!
Elaine


Yes - any hen with nice black feathers can have a green sheen on the black areas. 
Here's a few of mine for illustration:

barnevelder (not the best pic, but the green does show up on the black parts of her feathers)
http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt4/manddteach2/chickenseggs007.jpg


Black stars

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt4/manddteach2/blackstars-17weeks003.jpg

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt4/manddteach2/blackstars-17weeks002.jpg

I've also seen the black sheen on my black australorp, black ameraucana, and white crested black polish pullets.

post #7 of 18

My BR hens had a greenish sheen on thier black barring when they were younger. I've noticed as they've aged both they and my BSL hens are fading to more of a brown, or maybe sunburnt black, without the highlights of the true black. At thirteen weeks I would think you could have a good idea by the comb and leg thickness. Maybe try posting again?

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Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #8 of 18

At 13 weeks; a female barred rock will still have a small comb and fairly small wattles.  Barred rocks are also easily sexed by coloring - if you post a pic, we can tell you for sure.

post #9 of 18

australorp, dark cornsish

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Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

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UK IMPORT ORPINGTONS -  CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS, MOTTLED ORPINGTONS, SILVER LACED ORPINGTONS, LEGBAR ORPINGTONS, JUBILEE ORPINGTONS, CHOCOLATE CUCKOO, and ISABEL ORPINGTONS. All Large Fowl 

 

Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

Katahdin Sheep -

 

 

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My Houdans do. smile

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