Originally Posted by feathersaloft
I love my comets. I get HUGE eggs from them.
Hmm, I just got a RIR rooster, maybe I need to find some RI whites to raise up.
On further checking I found that it's the "cinnamon queen" that is the result from the RIR X RIW. They come from cackle hatchery. The "golden comet" is the result of production red roo and RIW hens. This is what they say about the cinnamon queeen:
Cinnamon Queen Chicken Breed Information:
The Cinnamon Queens are one of two Modern Day production Brown egg laying strains from hybrid breeding from Cackle Hatchery® that produce fast body development, fast egg production and rich brown egg shell color. These strains will start to lay eggs at a younger age than most standard heritage breeds and produce big large/extra large brown eggs. They are also color sexable as chicks for the first generation which are the chicks you receive, cockerel chicks are white, and the pullet chicks are more brownish red in color. Leg color is mostly yellow but a few may have some greenish color in the leg color. Feathering color varies with brownish feathers and white feathers on the adult hens. Feathering color varies from totally white to white with light to dark red feathers in shoulder feathers in the adult rooster. Chicks from this second generation will not be color sexable and will come in multiple colors. The parent stock is made from a proprietary Cackle Hatchery® bloodline/strain of the Rhode Island Red male and the Rhode Island White female.
They have been developing the grandparent/parent flock/strain for 22 years (this is where today's chicks come from). While I would not expect the same high production result right away by crossing my own RIR/RIW but by selective breeding/culling I think it might produce pretty good results in the first couple of years.. I think I'm also going to try some ISA browns for layers which are reputed to the very best brown egg layers in the world with 60% of the total (world) brown egg market share.
Poultry Show Class: No official Show Class at this time
Weights - Hen-----5-6 lbs Rooster------7-8 lbs
Pullet---5 1/2 lbs Cockerel----7 1/2 lbs
Purpose - Dual Purpose: egg laying and meat production
Egg Shell Color - Brown
Egg Production - Prolific: 250-320 eggs per year (*estimates only, see FAQ)
Country of Origin - United States
BREEDER FARM SOURCE: “ Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm” developing our bloodline or strain of pure Cinnamon Queen since 1993.