Q for Red Star/Red Comet owners, harsh winters

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by LynneP, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. I was at the co-op today and will pick up chicks May 16. They will phone me the day before to let me know what is coming to the store and when to arrive to get them.

    These are innoculated birds and one of the varieties will be Red Star/Red Comet. We have harsh winters, though the coop is insulated and we can hang heat lamps over the roosts. Do any of you in similar climates have these birds- what is your general impression of them?

    I ask because there may be other varieties in the order, but I know for sure I can get these. Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    They are Red Sex Links. Each hatchery has their own proprietary name for RSL's. You can read about sex links here:


    I think they would be OK in your climate... but Black Sex Links are considered more cold tolerant since they weigh 1-2 lbs more than a RSL hen. When I was in Scotland last, I was amazed that everyone there had 'Black Rocks' by the dozens (their name for BSL's). They're considered cold tolerant and will continue to lay through the winter better.
  3. SueNH

    SueNH Songster

    Feb 24, 2007
    I'm in the mountains of NH and have a few. No problems with winter. I don't heat the coops either. A friend of mine has a bunch of them and again no heated coop. No problems. Once they are fully feathered it's mostly getting them out of the wind and wet.
  4. Thank you both, I've checked the link and doing a little on-line research, not much under that particular sex-link hen. I have to assume that the reason they're providing so many is because of local satisfaction, and the only person locally who can tell me is away this week. We're diligently planning for biosecurity and for a covered run, we're waiting for a day soon when we can dig and pour concrete supports.

    Sounding good, and if anyone else has experience with them I'd love to hear!

  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I have a few, how harsh is harsh? It only hovers around freezing here and in the 30-50's for about 8 months of the year... but rather mild due to proximity of the ocean. They all choose to sleep on outdoor roosts year round with the exception of a few nights in the teens. They are pretty tough to me.
  6. Well we get a lot of snow, and we're coming out of a particularly long winter. I guess it would compare with coastal BC, about half way from Vancouver to the Alaska border. We have 4 distinct seasons. I'm encouraged to see the Rhode Island Red parentage in the Red Comets, RIR's are a much-loved breed in Nova Scotia.

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