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feather colors

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by plc, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. plc

    plc Out Of The Brooder

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    We are new to raising hens, we got four in July.

    The one looks like a Barred Rock, but I am noticing a few feathers getting a shiny green color on them. [​IMG]

    They are approx. 5-6 months old, not laying yet.

    She is the only one of her breed.

    Any thoughts??

    Thanks!

    [​IMG]
     
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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    UHOH, Those sound sound like rooster tail feathers!
     
  3. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    If it is a chicken that is solid black (like a jersey giant) and it has green shine to its feathers that isn't too much to worry about as hens get these too. But if it isn't a solid black chicken and it has green shine to its feathers, chances are you've got a rooster. Pictures would definitaly help.
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Oops! You must have been posting the pictures as I was typing. That looks like a hen there! It doesn't have much comb growth. If that was a rooster that comb would be a lot redder and bigger by 6 months old.

    I don't see the green feathers you spoke of?
     
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  5. plc

    plc Out Of The Brooder

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    They are hard to see & not visible in this pic [​IMG]

    I will try to get a better pic of the feathers.

    Thanks!
     

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