Maine, United States
Other name(s): Gold Comet
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Not known
History: 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.
Current Uses: Eggs - Golden Comet chickens currently produce most large grade brown eggs found in grocery stores.
Appearance: The Golden Comet Chicken has a good solid build, and the appearance of a Dual-Purpose fowl. Being sex-linkable as chicks, gives us the ability to sex them as soon as they hatch. Pullet chicks (females) hatch red, and cockerel chicks (males) hatch yellow. As adults, the hens will be a brownish red color with white flecking, and males will be white with flecks of red.
Average weight: 5 - 8 lbs.
Lifespan: 4 - 10 years
Diet: Golden Comets are very productive animals, and their diet should be high in protein and calcium. Commercial feed makes a fine main diet, but should be supplement with fresh fruits, veggies, and bugs. Additionally, grit (small pebbles used to aid digestion), and oyster shells (used to boost calcium levels) can be added. Fresh water must be available at all times.
Housing: Housing chickens takes some preparation and planning. If you take into consideration ease of cleaning, ease of access, and chicken comfort then you will be housing some happy chickens that require simple day to day care. If at all possible the best environment would be a safe coop to sleep in at night and allowing your chicken free range during the day. When allowed free range, the coop only needs to have 5 square feet of floor space per chicken. It should provide protection from the rain, wind, sun, and predators but still have good air flow. The coop should be furnished with perches and nest boxes. Flooring can be wooden, concrete, or dirt. Wood floors are easy to build, predator proof, and easy to clean by hosing but will rot quickly. Concrete floors are easy to clean by hosing but more expensive and time consuming to build. Dirt floors need to have underground mesh wire to prevent predators from digging in and will need regular replacements of fresh clean dirt. The dirt is easy to clean with regular raking. They will appreciate straw for bedding; make sure to change it regularly. Straw should never get wet as it will grow molds and fungi that can make your birds sick. Their yard area can be well planted with bushes and trees for shade and lettuce, kale, and herbs for eating.
Health issues: The Golden Comet is prone to comb chapping, or frostbite during extreme cold. They are also very productive egg layers, which can make egg binding a problem. To prevent egg binding, make sure your hens get appropriate levels of exercise, protein, and calcium. The Golden Comets life expectancy is often shortened, due to it’s extreme productivity.If you intend to house large numbers of Golden Comets, you may want to consider vaccinating your flock.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: Golden Comets are very outgoing animals that make great pets in a small flock. In a large flock they can be robotic, and tend to feather pecking.