Other common names: Gold Comet
The Golden Comet Chicken is a sex linked cross breed created from a White Plymouth Rock hen and New Hampshire Red rooster. This breed has not been given recognition by the American Poultry Association.
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are reddish with white flecking. Roosters are white with red flecking.
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Golden Comet Chickens are docile and make suitable family pets
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
Golden Comet chickens are very adaptable to non-cage operations and forage well. The hens start laying around five months of age, and can lay up to 320 eggs in their first year. After their first year of laying, hens slow down in production and are usually replaced by younger hens. Hybrid breeds are more likely to succumb to illness. It is often recommend to keep hybrid chicks on medicated starter, and vaccinate them for Mareks and Infectious Bronchitis.
excellent layers, good egg production, free range, Good temperment, nice dualpurpose bird
large backyard, energetic birds, low cost, dark brown egg
Hardy, smart, energetic homestead chickens
Last year my family got day-old chicks for the first time instead of ordering laters. We ordered 3 breeds: Brown Leghorn, Ameraucana, and Golden Comet. (Some of the different breeds are in the photos; the Comets are the blondes.) We raised all of them without a heat lamp (they did have a box they could creep into with an insulated hot water bottle inside) and without commercial chick starter (the chicks got mashed potatoes, greens, scrambled eggs, ground oats etc; when they grew up they were pastured and also got bugs, kitchen and garden scraps and some whole grains.). All the chicks did well, but the Comets were outstanding. They seemed more energetic and adventurous than our other chickens--quick to find new feeders, waterers, perches etc, willing to try new foods. They were also the first to start laying, and they laid prolifically. Their eggs aren't eactly colorful, but to my mind they're a satisying deep brown. On the down side, the Comets were also the first to find ways to escape (but they weren't too hard to catch). And since they're hybrids they won't breed true. (We haven't tried to raise our own chicks yet anyway)..
From JoannaH Oct 21 2016 9:22PM
The Ladies of the Establishment
I have several Golden Comets and they are hard to beat for backyard egg layers. They consistently lay large to jumbo brown eggs and the hens rarely, if ever, get broody. They're friendly and love to visit in the afternoons. Because of the bear issues we have, they're only outside for a few hours in the middle of the day in order for them to forage for the bugs they need for protein.
They are very low maintenance. They tolerate our cold winters very well and while I'm not sure about heat tolerance since we rarely see temperatures about 85F, I have read that they do fine in heat, too. I do see a significant drop in egg production when it's really cold but it's my experience that that's true with most breeds.
Golden Comets are a cross between Rhode Island Reds and White Leghorns. They're about 5 pounds in size when mature and they're perfect for families with young kids who may be playing in the yard alongside the hens.
The eggs are brown and often times contain double yolks. I don't know if this is just my girls or if it's a breed thing.
I'd highly recommend Golden Comets for the person who wants to try owning chickens. They're easy to maintain and very dependable producers..
From lateiatiger Aug 6 2015 10:49PM