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Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feathers?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:32 pm
by adina
I have a chick (13 wks old) that was sold to me as a female barred rock, but Ive been suspicious about its sex for months and posted pics a few times asking for opinions. Responses were mixed/confused. Today I noticed a slight green sheen to the feathers on its back.
Any chance of it being a mixed breed female, or is it certainly a black sexlink male?
Thanks!

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:18 am
by Marina
You can never get a black sex-linked male from a crossing that involves a Barred Rock. If you mate a Black Plymouth Rock with Barred Plymouth Rock females the resulting pullets will be black, the resulting cockerels will carry one copy of the barring gene. If your 13 week old chick is barred and the result of such a mating it will be male, if it is black, it will be female.

A green sheen is very desirable in black birds - both male and female.

And - btw - welcome to PC :D

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:57 pm
by teach
My barnevelder hens have a green sheen on their black feathers. Particularly on the hackle.

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:30 pm
by Foehn
I have a cockerel that has both green and purple sheen. He is part Houdan and part Araucana and has a gold overlay of head, Hackle and saddle feathers. Quite pretty.

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:41 pm
by mixzzz
Thanks for the info

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:54 pm
by Amkael
My black orpington has a green sheen. Most beautiful bird.

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:52 am
by Kracka
Cayuga ducks should have a green sheen, male or female
my black Pekins are meant to have a green sheen, male or female

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:18 pm
by Nomirawr1
My black Wyandottes have a beautiful green/blue sheen to their feathers.