what does a green/blue shine mean

rita2paul

Songster
8 Years
Aug 31, 2011
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Gloucestershire
Hens and roosters can have a greenish shine. It often shows on black feathers regardless of the sex of the bird. The shape of the feathers can indicate male or female after the chicken is around 4 months old.
thank you, i read on a forum that the blue green shine will indicate a cockerel, but i would put my money on mine being a hen, thank you.
 

HeyHeyWW

Songster
Oct 9, 2017
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Florida
Both black hens and roosters can have a green/blue shine, my rooster is white and has some gold-ish feathers on him and he has this ONE long black feather on his tail and it has a green/blue shine. I also had a hen that was black and she had the green/blue shine, so it can be for both genders. :)
 

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