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I was thinking about getting some Golden Comets from Mt Healthy. What shade of brown do they lay? I was thinking about getting some Welsummers for the dark eggs, but I also want something that lays a  lot of eggs and is friendly.


Edited by Alabama ee - 10/19/10 at 12:22pm
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I was thinking about getting some Golden Comets from Mt Healthy. What shade of brown do they lay? I was thinking about getting some Welsummers for the dark eggs, but I also want somet thing that lays a  lot of eggs and is friendly.


I love them and they are very friendly-when they first start to lay it is dark brown-LOVE IT! as mine laid their eggs with a shine to them:-)  they get lighter during the laying season just like all other hens...

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Silver Laced Brahmas, Tolbunts,BBS Marans, Tolbunt mixed bucket of fun eggs and ;A bunch of projects working right now!!!!! 

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I <3 my golden comets, nice big brown eggs every single day<3 I have two who lay a darker brown(not dark like welsummer but nice and dark) and one whose is a rosey brown

Sabrina* Mama to 4 boys S 13,J11,Ry4 and B  1 -1 Bassett,2 kitties,1 bunny pond full of koi- 3 golden comets,2 easter Egger hens,2 Orpington hens,1 wheaten Americauna hen,1 silkie hen,2 French Black copper Marans hens, 2 silkie roos and a spunky Bantam Mille Fleur Cochin Roo<3 Boots<3..pondering teh addition of 2 alpacas ; )- All on an acre...
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Sabrina* Mama to 4 boys S 13,J11,Ry4 and B  1 -1 Bassett,2 kitties,1 bunny pond full of koi- 3 golden comets,2 easter Egger hens,2 Orpington hens,1 wheaten Americauna hen,1 silkie hen,2 French Black copper Marans hens, 2 silkie roos and a spunky Bantam Mille Fleur Cochin Roo<3 Boots<3..pondering teh addition of 2 alpacas ; )- All on an acre...
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Medium shade of brown--not as dark as my RIR but darker than the SS.  I have one that has been laying less than a month who drops a huge, double yolker ever other day.  These are all from the same aged birds the RIR is in the center, RS on the right and SS on the left--her eggs are noticeably smaller as well as lighter brown.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/62375_img_2011.jpg


Edited by woodmort - 10/19/10 at 2:07pm

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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When they first start to lay, yea, they do lay a nice shade of brown egg.... But, I must be honest, as mine have slowed down (they only lay for 1 or 2 yrs.), they are now laying a VERY VERY light brown to pink egg. And most of them are mishaped or broken. I have lost a number of these to internal laying and other various egg issues. Honestly, they are overall friendly birds but I can't recommend them to you because of the problems that I have had with them.... I just don't think it is fair that somebody was careless enough to create a breed that produces soo many eggs that they sometimes die from it and believe me it is horrible to watch them suffer, try to save them, and then they die anyway.

Hope you make the right decision,
JB

P.S. I got my Comets from Mt. Healthy. And I chose my username BEFORE they were old enough to lay so I did not know of the problems with them yet...

My best friends: 30 some odd chickens (BO, BR, GLW, Red Sexlinks, some 1/2 BO, 1/2 any of those breeds), 2 horses (Standardbred, Standardbred Appy X), 2 dogs (Lab x Golden Retriever and Aussy mix), and 2 cats.

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My best friends: 30 some odd chickens (BO, BR, GLW, Red Sexlinks, some 1/2 BO, 1/2 any of those breeds), 2 horses (Standardbred, Standardbred Appy X), 2 dogs (Lab x Golden Retriever and Aussy mix), and 2 cats.

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When they first start to lay, yea, they do lay a nice shade of brown egg.... But, I must be honest, as mine have slowed down (they only lay for 1 or 2 yrs.), they are now laying a VERY VERY light brown to pink egg. And most of them are mishaped or broken. I have lost a number of these to internal laying and other various egg issues. Honestly, they are overall friendly birds but I can't recommend them to you because of the problems that I have had with them.... I just don't think it is fair that somebody was careless enough to create a breed that produces soo many eggs that they sometimes die from it and believe me it is horrible to watch them suffer, try to save them, and then they die anyway.

Hope you make the right decision,
JB

P.S. I got my Comets from Mt. Healthy. And I chose my username BEFORE they were old enough to lay so I did not know of the problems with them yet...


That is terrible! I guess I can mark Comets off the list. Thanks for letting me know what happened. I am so sorry you had to go through that.The primary, or so I keep telling myself, reason we have them is for the eggs and bug control. However, we do get attached to them. I have kids and they love to play with them. All have names.smile

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Medium shade of brown--not as dark as my RIR but darker than the SS.  I have one that has been laying less than a month who drops a huge, double yolker ever other day.  These are all from the same aged birds the RIR is in the center, RS on the right and SS on the left--her eggs are noticeably smaller as well as lighter brown.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/62375_img_2011.jpg


Those are nice eggs. So, the RIR has darker eggs? Do they have laying problems like the Golden Comets? Did you get yours from McMurry?

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Originally Posted by woodmort 

Medium shade of brown--not as dark as my RIR but darker than the SS.  I have one that has been laying less than a month who drops a huge, double yolker ever other day.  These are all from the same aged birds the RIR is in the center, RS on the right and SS on the left--her eggs are noticeably smaller as well as lighter brown.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/62375_img_2011.jpg


Those are nice eggs. So, the RIR has darker eggs? Do they have laying problems like the Golden Comets? Did you get yours from McMurry?


No, I actually don't know what hatchery they came from.  I walked into the local CountryMax in midApril and they had 4 chicks left and gave me a deal on them.  The RIR and SS came from TSC. My EE's and BS came from McM at the end of May.

I haven't had the Comets long enough to know whether they'll have laying problems but my previous experience with Red Stars was fine, no egg laying problems at the end of 3 years--at which point I sold them.


Edited by woodmort - 10/19/10 at 3:39pm

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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