The Golden Comet Chicken
The History of the Golden Comet Chicken
The Golden Comet chicken is not your average, every day breed. They are a cross breed or what is also referred to as a sex link breed. This breed is created by a mating between a White Rock hen and a New Hampshire rooster. The resulting chicken is what has been named the Golden Comet.
This type of cross breeding results in female and male chicks that are easy to tell apart because of color at the time of hatching. They are good for the backyard chicken keeper who isn't allowed to have a rooster. The color of the chicks ensure only hens will be chosen for that flock. This alone makes the Golden Comet chicken a "safe" breed to purchase because it is almost certain that no one will crow who isn't supposed to.
Golden Comet chickens are a smaller breed which makes them good for egg production only. The hens are rarely larger than four pounds and the roosters rarely reach a size greater than six pounds. Because of their smaller size, they are not considered a good option as meat birds.
The one real disadvantage to this breed is breeding itself. A Golden Comet will not produce another Golden Comet if her eggs are hatched that have been fertilized by a Golden Comet rooster. The resulting chick will be a second generation of mixed breed chicken. These hens rarely go broody so hatching eggs from this breed will certainly have to be accomplished through an incubator.
These chickens go by other breed names too. Some of the alternative names that you may hear for this breed of chicken are:
- Gold Sex Link
- Golden Buff
- Red Star
- Cinnamon Queen
No matter which name you know them by, this information will apply to all because they are the same chicken breed.
- Hens weigh an average of 4 pounds
- Roosters weigh an average of 6 pounds
- Feathers come in shades of white and cinnamon brownish red
- Hens and roosters both have single combs
- Their beak color is a yellowish tinged brown
- Leg color is yellow
- Eye color is usually a yellow orange
Tolerance to Cold Environments
This is a good breed for any climate. They adapt well to cold climates and as long as care is taken to make sure there is adequate straw or hay in the coop for insulation, they will generally survive in the coldest of winters. You may find your Golden Comet chicken choosing to sleep in the hay or straw instead of perched on the roost in extremely cold temperatures to protect their feet and legs from frostbite.
You will want to check the comb of each chicken on a regular basis when extreme cold hits your area to make sure that there is no frost bite. If the humidity level in the coop is too high, condensation can collect on the comb and freeze when the chicken goes outdoors or the temperature drops inside the coop. It is extremely important to monitor humidity levels inside any chicken coop in extreme cold to prevent frost bite or even death.
This breed was specifically bred to be a high egg production hen. When you add a Golden Comet hen to your flock, you can expect her to lay an egg almost every day during her peak laying years.
The Golden Comet can start laying eggs as early as 16 weeks. The eggs will generally be smaller when they are pullets, but will increase in size as time goes on. The sure sign that one of these pullets is reaching maturity and getting ready to start laying is when the pink comb and waddle turn a dark red. It happened quickly in my Golden Comet pullets and a few days later, they started laying their eggs.
You can expect the peak laying period for this chicken to be from the time they start laying until approximately 3 years of age. At that time, if you want to continue receiving eggs on a regular basis from the Golden Comet breed, you will need to replenish your coop with new pullets. The original hens will continue to lay but egg production will more than likely slow down quite a bit.
Just like any other chicken breed, good husbandry practices will play a factor into how well the hens in the flock lay. Making sure that they have good nutrition and plenty of fresh water is essential to good egg production in any hen or pullet. If a problem arises or egg production slacks off the first place to trouble shoot is the nutritional value of the feed that the flock is given. Changing the feed to a better quality feed with higher nutrition or adding fresh vegetables and oyster shell for calcium can sometime do the trick to restore good egg production.
The eggs of this breed of chicken are brown shelled and are usually large or extra large in size. Their outstanding laying ability have made this one of the breeds that produces the commercial brown eggs that supply grocery stores all over the country. Next to the Rhode Island Red chicken, the Golden Comet can definitely hold their own in egg production.
Their Personality and Behavior
Speaking from my own personal experience, this breed of chicken is very laid back. My hens don't fuss at all when I pick them up. The hens are extremely friendly and curious about everything they see. They will walk right up to you just because of the simple fact you are there.
These chickens get along with other chicken breeds quite well. From what I have observed in my own flock, when there is a scuffle going on, the Golden Comet hens are nowhere around it. They are rarely involved in "arguments" with other hens. I look at mine as the peace makers of the coop because that's what they remind me of.
The video is a perfect example of this. Even when they were younger, the two Golden Comets in my flock never got involved in any scuffles. In the video, Marsala tries to bully one of the meaties and as soon as Rosemary, the Golden Comet, saw what was happening, she moved away.
Golden Comet chickens are sociable with strangers and don't mind being held by someone they have never met before. They are excellent around children and are a great beginner breed for anyone wanting to start their own backyard flock of chickens.