hen or rooster golden laced wyandotte

mbach

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Aug 2, 2018
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Hope this is in the right thread. This is my first year with chickens. Can hens have that iridescent shine to them? I thought it was a rooster trait but she is supposed to be a hen? She also isn't very evenly laced. Is it just because she is hatchery quality? She is a little over 8 weeks.
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TennesseeFarm

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All those small feathers on the saddle and the dark orange feathers on the wings could end up being signs of a male. I'd compare the comb to your other wyandotte that looks to be female and I'd compare leg/feet side by side, if this one has a lot larger legs then it's probably a male. If not then give it a few more weeks and you'll know forsure by the feathers
 

mbach

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Aug 2, 2018
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Pennsylvania
Thank you! I never even thought she could be a roo until someone said to me that a hens feathers usually don't shine blue/greenish as hers does in the sun. They also mentioned that she acts like a roo. She is constantly on alert and very protective. I just thought that there has to be one leader in the pack, right? I read a lot but I feel like there is more to learn from experiences then a book.
 

Alexandra33

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Thank you! I never even thought she could be a roo until someone said to me that a hens feathers usually don't shine blue/greenish as hers does in the sun. They also mentioned that she acts like a roo. She is constantly on alert and very protective. I just thought that there has to be one leader in the pack, right? I read a lot but I feel like there is more to learn from experiences then a book.
You're more than welcome! :)

All black plumage, regardless of gender, will produce a lovely greenish purple iridescence. :) Sheen is not in the least exclusive to males.

Another point I must make is that behavior isn't normally a good indicator, especially this early on. Some pullets play the alpha, while many cockerels are cool, calm, and collected. :D It's all in gauging the physical maturation traits at this age.

~Alex
 

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