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Greenish feathers??? Now I am really confused

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by littlebirdoz, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. littlebirdoz

    littlebirdoz Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens... a black sexlink is starting to get a pretty greenish tinge to her feathers. I thought sexlink meant that you can tell sex by the color. And I guess I thought that green feathers meant roo??? Ugh I keep getting roos.
    I am so confused.
     
  2. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are right, at hatch you can tell the gender by color or markings in sex-links. The black on many breeds is iridescent in the sun, both males and females. Is it that kind of green? My neighbor has two black sex link hens. As chicks, they were all black. The male chicks of the cross would have had a white dot on their heads, these did not. Now as mature hens, they have pretty iridescent greenish black feathers with some areas of red on their chests.

    Could you try posting a few pictures?
     
  3. littlebirdoz

    littlebirdoz Out Of The Brooder

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    This is her a few weeks ago but you cant see the green. I will try to get a pic in the "sun" today...lol

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  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Black chickens can look iridescent green, even the girls. So doesn't necessarily mean a boy! [​IMG]
     
  5. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's a pullet.
     
  6. acy0029

    acy0029 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2
     
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup, pullet.
    Male black sex links will be barred pattern.
     
  8. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pullet, I have one that looks just like her.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Most black chickens will shine green/purple in the sun. When folks say that means a roo, they're mostly talking about a bird with a different body color who has shimmery tail feathers. That mean a roo. You have a nice black sex-link pullet.
     
  10. littlebirdoz

    littlebirdoz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank goodness. I have a very ambiguous barred rock and a definite EE roo. I just couldn't stand another.
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