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

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by elabraleon, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
    Thanks!
    Elaine
     
  2. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My black sex-link hens have a green sheen to them in the sun
     
  3. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    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.
     
  4. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my black sexlink hens have a green sheen in the sun

    are they barred?​
     
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  5. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    any pics?
     
  6. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote: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)
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    Black stars

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

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    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?
     
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    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.
     
  9. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    australorp, dark cornsish
     
  10. V Comb

    V Comb Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Houdans do. [​IMG]
     

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