what does a green/blue shine mean

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rita2paul, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. rita2paul

    rita2paul Songster

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    can anyone tell me if you have a black chicken with a blue/green shine on feathers in the sunlight does that mean it is a cockerel, or can hens have the same.
     
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  2. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    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.
     
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  3. Many black chickens have that greenish blue shine. Both males and females can have it.
     
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    rita2paul Songster

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    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.
     
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  5. Chickassan

    Chickassan Crossing the Road

    A couple of my known girls have that sheen the speckled sussex and buff brahma have it very strongly on their black parts. So that sheen isn't really a tell. I'd just wait on more indications, time is really the best judge and sometimes even it is wrong.:)
     
  6. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

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    Most all black chickens of any breed will have the green/blue/purple sheen.
     
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    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    My Black Ameraucana pullets have a beautiful green-blue-purple sheen when the sun hits their feathers.
     
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    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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