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Is this Golden Comet hen, a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by NancyofMaine, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. NancyofMaine

    NancyofMaine Hatching

    Sep 9, 2012
    This is our third set of hens, first to include three Golden Comets. Six pullets hatched 5/6/12, none are laying, yet. One of the Golden Comets has a fabulous comb, appears to be developing spurs, and I swear she has started to crow...is she a he? Her coloring is that of a hen. What is going on?

    This picture doesn't do her (?) true coloring justice.


    Another of the three Golden Comets, note minor comb.

    The three Golden's with the Barred Rocks, day three.

  2. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Songster

    Oct 11, 2011
    That's really bizzare; that's definitally a roo! I've never seen one colored like a hen. Perhaps it is a second generation, and they aren't sex linked anymore? I think the males are supposed to be white as chicks as well.
  3. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    Wow I would definitely say that its a rooster. Where did you get them from? Looking at the picture of the chicks, the one farthest to the right does not have red striping and the other 2 reds do. I dont know how he could have gotten the female feather pattern if he's 1st generation. Very strange but interesting, he's deffinitely unique!
  4. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Songster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    Defnitely a cockerel, I would imagine that he is a 2nd gen "sex-link", probably a little mistake at the hatchery.
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Yup. Not a golden comet or any other sex link, at least not first generation. The whole point of sex links is distinguishing them at hatch. He should be mainly white, with a brown saddle.

  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Since you listed the hatch date I'm guessing you hatched them yourself. You probably bought comet hatching eggs, this gives you a second generation bird and you lose the sex link traits. The first bird is a roo, the second is a hen.

  7. sdsmowen

    sdsmowen Songster

    Apr 28, 2012
    Greencastle, IN
    The first one is a very nice looking Rooster the second is a hen. I agree with the post above if you hatched them from hatching eggs then he is likely not first gen which accounts for his colors.
  8. NancyofMaine

    NancyofMaine Hatching

    Sep 9, 2012
    No, I bought them from my local feed store, they have them shipped in by order.

    I let them out of the coop a bit earlier this morning, no doubt "she" is crowing! Thankfully, I don't live in a neighborhood!

    Now the decision on what to do about it. Give me reasons that I would want to keep a rooster.

  9. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Songster

    Apr 21, 2012
    North Texas
    We received two roosters from a straight run group of bantams from which my kids picked. I didn't want roosters since we live in a neighborhood (technically can have them, but knew they would possibly disturb neighbors). My roosters are wonderful additions to our flock! When all 11 chickens are roaming the lawn, my roos alert the flock to anything flying overhead. On several occasions, they've warned of red-tailed hawks giving the hens a chance to dart for cover. I love to hear them crow (even if i t is from the laundry room). [​IMG] I bring the little guys in every morning so they don't disturb the neighbors.

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