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Are these golden comets, red comets, or Rhode island reds

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Ocikat, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. Ocikat

    Ocikat Out Of The Brooder

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    They were supposed to be amber links but the definitely aren't if there are any other breeds that they look like let me know
     
  2. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, golden comets ;)
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, they look like Gold Comets (aka Gold Stars).

    I LOVE my Gold Comets...they tend to lay really pretty terra cotta eggs....lots of them.

    Amber Links are harder to find (at least in my neck of the woods).

    Definitely not RIR...that would be a red based bird with black trim coming in at tail....which from a hatchery would mean it was a Production Red.

    LofMc
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Golden comets are just red sex links,red STARS gold star,cinnamon queens,red comets,they all just refer to Red sex links.
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Actually that is not strictly true.

    The different stars and sexlinks depend upon the formula used to get the hybrid. The hatcheries develop different lines using different formulas that produce color linked chicks but different hybrid types. (Some of the formulas are closely guarded hatchery secrets and developed lines).

    All these different formulas produce different hybrids, and hence different names....so no, one Red Sexlink is not equal to another Sexlink as often they have totally different breeds in their background. What remains standard for the sex linking is the color genetics... a red/gold/buff roo over a silver based hen to produce gold/red/buff down females and pale yellow (to be base white) down males.

    Red Stars or Red Sexlinks are typically a RIR rooster, sometimes NH rooster, over a silver based female, usually a Delaware or Silver Wyandotte and sometimes a White Rock if it is silver based and not dominant white.

    Gold Stars usually are Buff Orpington Roo over a silver based hen, Silver based White Rock or Delaware or Silver Wyandotte.

    If my memory serves, Amber Links have more dominant white as White Leghorn is in the background, which is why there is just a blush of color rather than more gold/red in the adult hen.

    So the difference will be the pure breeds in the background. While the market is competitive so that the outcomes are similar, and the point of sex link hybrids is to get gender identifiable chicks and high egg producing hens, there is some difference between behavior and capacity and appearance in the different lines.

    LofMc
     
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  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well from searching pics and info they all look exactly alike.And all can be sexed at birth and the roosters look alike.All red sexlink roosters are brown on the backa nd wings and are white/goldish everywhere else with some black tail feathers.
     
  7. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great information!! Thanks! :)
     
  8. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    This article explains what I mean well.

    Yes, the term is loosely applied in the commercial feed store industry, and it can be hard to tell any difference, but technically there is, and often the names reflect the parentage.

    http://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens/understanding-sex-link-hybrid-chickens/

    Gold stars should be lighter, more buff in color, while the Red stars should be a darker red.

    Appearance is very similar, but some lines are better tempered and better producers than others...which is why hatcheries guard their lines and hybrid secrets.

    LofMc
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    good information
     
  10. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feed store has messed me up....
     

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