Meet the new kids on the block series.
Meet our Golden Comet hens. This bird much like our Amberlinks and Black Sex Links is not a true chicken breed but instead is a commercial hybrid that produces those oh so desirable sex-linked chicks. Baby Golden Comet roosters are soft yellow/white and the female chicks are brownish red making it easy enough for even my color blind son to tell the difference.
Once again, it’s great to be a Golden Comet if you are a girl chicken, not so much if you’re a young cock (ain’t that just the way?).
This spring we ordered a total of 12 Golden Comet chicks. All of them survived and a total of 4 have been adopted out to other chicken owners. They are all good looking strong birds with a pleasant disposition who, according to their chick description, are well fit for close confinement.
Golden Comets are developed from most typically a Rhode Island Red or a New Hampshire Red and a Leghorn (you know, the big white ones like Foghorn Leghorn*) or a White Plymouth rock. These hens are content with what life throws at them and are not considered to be “noisy birds” which also makes them a desirable addition to any backyard flock.
The result of this happy union is a hardy bird with hens reaching about 7.5 pounds upon maturity and who lays large brown eggs at a younger age than most of their true breed sisters. (show offs) While they can be used for meat this is not their primary purpose (and never will be in our flock). People who have these backyard chickens like to keep them for the number of eggs they can lay, impressive by any standard – like a fowl energizer bunny – these birds just keep on laying. It is the Golden Comets who currently produce most of the large grade brown eggs found in grocery stores and in our little cubby refrigerator.
*Chicken description bonus – Favorite Foghorn Leghorn Quote? – “Pay attention, boy! I’m cuttin’ but you’re not bleedin’!”