What is a comet chicken?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickenWisperer, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Ive heard of many breeds, but not this one........Are they docile breeds? What colors do they come in?
     
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Golden Comet Hens

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    Golden Comets chicks are color sexed; females are red and white and males are white.










    The Golden Comets are one of three Modern Day Brown egg laying strains from hybrid breeding that produce fast body development and fast egg production. These strains will start to lay eggs at a younger age than most standard breeds and produce big brown eggs. They are also color sexable as chicks, cockerels are white, and the pullets are more brownish red in color.
     
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  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are a sex-link and are wonderful, gentle birds! They start laying at 15 weeks, like all other sex-links and are also known as Golden Reds and Golden Stars. It just depends on which hatchery they come from and what they decide to call them. Here's a pic of one of my young Goldens.
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  4. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Thanks so much, guys! They sound wonderful, and are very pretty. I may just have to add some to my flock!
     
  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OHHH those are cool. I am starting my list of must haves for next spring already!
     
  6. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It's a chicken that cleans your sink.

    Just kidding, all the above info is correct. Also note they are not a true breed they are a first generation cross between a red male and a white, silver gened female. If you mate a male and female Comet the offspring will not be color sexable.

    I LOVE them they're awesome chickens. [​IMG]
     
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  7. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is what Welp hatchery says about Comets.
    "Red Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Delaware females. The females are primarily red while the males are primarily white; therefore, the sexes can be separated immediately following hatching. This layer is used in many commercial layer operations. They have excellent livability, and are very efficient producers of large brown eggs. Mature hens will weigh about 5 1/2 lbs. and can be salvaged for fowl meat when their use for laying is over. Mature males will weigh approximately 8 lbs
    Red Sex-linked Chicken - Baby: can be color-sexed. Females are salmon-red color; Male are white. Mature: Red feather bird with some white showing in the tail, neck and breast areas. They are quiet and easy to handle, noted for her beautiful color and small body size, and an excellent layer of medium brown colored egg.
    They are also known as Golden Comet, Gold Star, and Cinnamon Queen.
    Weight: 4.5 lbs. (Welp)
     
  8. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    new Hampshire
    Quote:Is this a roo or hen I have one that looks just like this not sure of sex.
     
  9. rhaj

    rhaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 and they definitely are wonderful! I love them. They fly over to me and land on my head and back all the time [​IMG]
     
  10. Davis5454

    Davis5454 Out Of The Brooder

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    So if you breed a silver comet male to a silver comet female.....do you get a silver comet that lays alot? Or the original breeds that make a silver comet?
     

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