Best Chicken Breeds for Egg Laying [In depth analysis]

3. Golden Comet

The Golden Comet chicken is a breed hybrid also known as Golden Buff, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen, and Gold Sex-Link.

Golden Comets are a Modern day egg laying strain of chicken. They are a cross between a Rhode Island Red and White Leghorn chicken.  

The hybrid vigor gives them the best traits of both breeds. Like leghorns they start laying earlier than any other breed and are prolific layers.

Like Rhode Island Red they have a pleasant temperament and are both cold and heat hardy.

Female golden comet weighs 2–3 kg, and roosters 2.75–3.5 kg, depending on strain.

How does a Golden Comet looks like?

The American Poultry Association do not recognize the Golden Comet Chicken as a breed. Because of this there is no set appearance or standard for these chickens.

However you can expect your Golden Comet to be small hen that only weighs around 4lb.

Their comb is upright and red, and so are their wattles and ear lobes.

Comets usually have a yellow or horn colored beak with orange eyes.

Her body profile looks like an inverted U shape with the tail held very upright. Their feathers are reddish brown but can be lighter. A cinnamon or honey shade with white feathers is very common.

Finally, their legs should be clean and yellow and each foot should have four toes.

Color Varieties

As their name suggest the Golden Comet Chicken comes in one color only: a reddish golden.

When they are chicks they will have chipmunk stripes down the back and be a darker color.

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Egg Laying and Broodiness

Golden Comet chickens excellent layers of medium to large brown eggs.

They can lay from 5-6 eggs per week which puts them on a par with the Rhode Island Red hen.

They can put out a whopping 330 eggs per year – that’s almost an egg every day!

True to their reputation for production, these girls can start laying at 16 weeks and continue to be very productive up to around the two-year mark.

After that, egg production will drop off noticeably.

They will seldom go broody – it has been bred out of them, so if you want to hatch some chicks, you will have to fire up the incubator.

This is where the ‘hybrid’ part becomes important.

You will not get a Golden Comet chicken from Golden Comet hens, and the offspring will crossbreed.

Remember, the original pairing was a New Hampshire rooster over a White Rock hen. If you want to ‘create’ a Golden Comet, this is the pairing you need.

In effect, to maintain your flock of you need a flock of White Rocks and a couple of New Hampshire roosters.

Health Issues and Welfare

A Golden Comet chicken should not have any real problems in her first 3 years other than the usual possibilities of worms, lice, mites, etc.

As they were bred to maintain a high production rate, their lifespan is usually shorter (generally less than four to five years).

As with all high production hens, they most often succumb to reproductive tumors, egg yolk peritonitis, or other reproductive issues.

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