The life and health of the Golden Comet

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jjb1953, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all.
    I have 4 y/o golden comets.
    I started with six.
    Lost one to predator.
    Last year lost one to who was prone to internal laying I believe.
    A couple months back lost another due to multiple health including I believe being egg bound as well as crop issues.
    Shortly after she passed, another starting showing signs of being egg bound. She was always a little prone to becoming bound but would eventually pass the egg including in recent months. She is also showing signs of sour crop. She is ill now but this time I do not expect her to live much longer and think I will probably be down to 2 of the original 6. I have read from others, with this breed be prepared to lose 50% of flock within the first couple of years.

    I have been researching both health issues of crop and egg laying problems extensively. I follow advice I have read online from the experienced and Avian vets.
    It seems as though the Golden Comet is prone to egg laying issues simply due to the breed. My comets, like most, are amazing layers. Frequent layers HUGE eggs. Even at the age of four still lay XL to jumbo eggs. I had hoped that during the winter months they would slow down more than they do to help with health ... but they only slow down a little. I have never used light.
    RE the crop issues. I have read that the GCs are prone to this as well.

    We will be getting a new flock this spring. I had been trying to decide which breed to get. Knowing the Golden Comet is prone to these health issues ... it does not seem like a good idea to get them again. Others have posted the ethics of this breed. I too have questioned that. BUT .... I am going to get them again and try one more time.
    Here is why.

    We love our animals. Our chickens are not just for eggs .... they are pets as much as our cats and dogs are. I do not expect them to just "earn" their keep. Especially this breed. Their personalities are so HUGE we just love them to pieces. They have amazed other more experienced chicken owners with their personalities and super friendliness. They remind me of puppies. We have one hen (the one who is sick now) who would often try to jump into the car with you. She was frequently sneaking into the house ... she knew exactly where the cat food was. One time I was closing the girls up for the night and did not see her. I walked the yard many times fearing a predator got her. She had at one point got in the house and went down into the basement hanging out! Silly bird.
    I will get this breed again keeping the potential/probable health issues in mind and plan accordingly just as I would with any breed of animal prone to specific health issues.
    I will try to have a better plan to prevent crop issues, egg laying issues etc.

    I would love to know if their is any healthful way to SLOW down egg production.
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Golden comets are just red sexlink and have great immune systems,and as many as I have kept have never caught disease.

    Sour crop isnt something the immune sytem can fight against.

    On top of this,your more then likely experiencing egg problems because your hens are at the very end of their laying.

    Red sex links links or aka golden comets tend to burn out a lot sooner,so the extra laying could be very hard on their system,that could be the reason your having so many problems.

    This breed is probably one of the best I have literally ever kept,and many people enjoy them.
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't choose a breed that is bred for egg production then you want have to slow them down. I know you said yours were your pets and that's good. Myself I want the good egg layers but I sell and replace all my layers every 2 years---but mine are not my pets. I never have to watch them get old and die----not sure if that's good or bad!
     
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  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her chcikens are not old,theu just seem to be tooken out by their productive problems.
     
  5. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I know what they are.

    RE sour crop or any crop issues .... scientifically, I think there are likely measures that can be taken to prevent such issues ... such as many of the things posted here and elsewhere. Our comets eat like crazy. One of the measures I read was avoid stringy foods .... long grass, sprouts, etc. And since it is a fungal issue .... perhaps supplementing with plants that naturally have antifungal properties might be helpful. I don't know, I will research these topics more. There is know doubt in my mind though, like with humans and genetic issues, the genetic issues do not have to doom a person ... there are often preventative measures that can be taken.

    Right, re the egg laying problems. I realize this. Again, for this issue I will look for ways to decrease chances of these issues that occur.
    Either some how slow down egg laying or once they reach a certain point stop it altogether. Will research this too.

    I cannot say this is the best, because it is the only breed I have experience with .... but I suspect if I had exp with other breeds, I would probably say they are the best. I love them!

    :)
     
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    True, but I do not know the life expectancy of a golden comet. But from others I do know a lot have problems and a lot die in the 3 to 4 year range-----with GC I rarely hear of them living 6 or 8 years. Being I never keep them past 2 years I have no experience in this.
     
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    jjb1953 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Get you some Yellow Buff's----You will Love them.
     
  9. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they are on my list. I may get those in addition to.
    How are they with kids?
     

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