Question: Can a Hen ever have GREEN tail feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nursemeh, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. nursemeh

    nursemeh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just need to know the answer to that simple question.
    I raised 5 chicks that are now 4 months old and am having trouble accepting my bad luck that 4 of them are roosters. 3 of them are crowing. One of them acts like a pullet. One of them is a mystery but has lovely poufy tail feathers that are coming in that metallic green.

    I just need to face reality. Do green tail feathers mean its a rooster?????

    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] we need pictures and know what the breed is...but...yes...[​IMG]

    Although, I have a Black Jersey Giant pullet that has green shine in her black feathers...but not metallic green [​IMG]
     
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  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Pictures do help, but it depends on how green we're talking. If the tail feathers is all - It just may be a cockerel. But if you take black birds for example, pullets can also be pretty green. And, some EE pullets can have greenish tails as well.
     
  4. nursemeh

    nursemeh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the replies. I didnt need to post a pic after all- it started crowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bwwwaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, you got a lot of roos! Did you buy straight run?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, you know it's a rooster now, but see this RIR hen I used to have? Green sheening all over her black tailfeathers.

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  7. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    argh... My two black EE chicks both have green tail feathers coming in.
    Dad is black and tailed Arcauna. Mom is black EE with white undertones, not gold.
    One acts and looks so roo-ish with a high tail, the other is muffed and has a low hen-like tail and is more submissive.
    But they both have those green tail feathers!
     
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Green tail feathers is not always a sign of roo, as Speckledhen has shown. Dark hens tend to get green feathers too. Also crowing is not a definitive sign of a roo. Hens can crow too. Post a pic and maybe we can help.
     
  9. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My black EE pullet had green tail feathers, otherwise she was black with her breast feather shafts white. She was lovely, laid a nice aqua egg. RIR is not a hen feathered roo. So if that is a RIR, wait for the egg.
     

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