Does this always mean Rooster?!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tylerhearn, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. tylerhearn

    tylerhearn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all, I hope that you all can help with a dilemma that I am in. I was out with my four "girls" yesterday and was watching them play, eat mealworms etc. when I notice that my Polish/EE andd whatever else cross/mutt that I thought by now was for sure a girl has a greenish tint to some of the feathers on her back and on her head.

    Does this greenish tint always mean rooster? I thought not, but I have seen some posts saying that the green tint does? I will get some pictures up soon. She is roughly 21 weeks and has no signs of a rooster, but that green threw me off!

    Thanks for the help!

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Nope, depending upon the genetics hens as well as roosters can evidence the greenish tint. As long as the feather shape is not pointed or flowing, you probably have a pullet.
     
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    tylerhearn Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Wonderful! Breath of fresh air. Thank you for the information. Correct me if I am wrong, but at 21 weeks I should be able to see more rooster qualities, no?
     
  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Quote:Wonderful! Breath of fresh air. Thank you for the information. Correct me if I am wrong, but at 21 weeks I should be able to see more rooster qualities, no?

    yes, post a pic to be sure, but you'd probably know if it was a roo by now. Hens can have green tint as well, especially if it's a black chicken. Like this one, which is definitely a girl:

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  5. tylerhearn

    tylerhearn Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Wonderful! Breath of fresh air. Thank you for the information. Correct me if I am wrong, but at 21 weeks I should be able to see more rooster qualities, no?

    yes, post a pic to be sure, but you'd probably know if it was a roo by now. Hens can have green tint as well, especially if it's a black chicken. Like this one, which is definitely a girl:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/51848_langshan1jpg.jpg

    Awesome. Thank you again so much! And yes, my girl is black with some white spots. Makes me feel better!

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