Everything You Want to Know About the Golden Comet Chicken

Helena Ricketts is a blogger, freelance writer, and artist. She cares for dogs, cats, hamsters, and chickens.

The History of the Golden Comet Chicken

The Golden Comet chicken is not your average, everyday breed. They are a crossbreed or what is also referred to as a sex link breed. This breed is created by a mating between a White Rock hen and a New Hampshire rooster. The resulting chicken is what has been named the Golden Comet.

This type of cross-breeding results in female and male chicks that are easy to tell apart because of color at the time of hatching. They are good for the backyard chicken keeper who isn't allowed to have a rooster. The color of the chicks ensures only hens will be chosen for that flock. This alone makes the Golden Comet chicken a "safe" breed to purchase because it is almost certain that no one will crow who isn't supposed to.

Golden Comet chickens are a smaller breed, which makes them good for egg production only. The hens are rarely larger than four pounds, and the roosters rarely reach a size greater than six pounds. Because of their smaller size, they are not considered a good option as meat birds.

The one real disadvantage to this breed is breeding itself. A Golden Comet will not produce another Golden Comet if her eggs are hatched that have been fertilized by a Golden Comet rooster. The resulting chick will be a second generation of mixed-breed chicken. These hens rarely go broody, so hatching eggs from this breed will certainly have to be accomplished through an incubator.

These chickens go by other breed names too. Some of the alternative names that you may hear for this breed of chicken are:

  • Gold Sex Link
  • Golden Buff
  • Red Star
  • Cinnamon Queen

No matter which name you know them by, this information will apply to all because they are the same chicken breed.

The Physical Characteristics of Golden Comet Chickens

  • Hens weigh an average of 4 pounds
  • Roosters weigh an average of 6 pounds
  • Feathers come in shades of white and cinnamon brownish-red
  • Hens and roosters both have single combs
  • Their beak color is a yellowish-tinged brown
  • Leg color is yellow
  • Eye color is usually a yellow-orange

What Type of Environment Does a Golden Comet Thrive In?

This is a good breed for any climate. They adapt well to cold climates, and as long as care is taken to make sure there is adequate straw or hay in the coop for insulation, they will generally survive in the coldest of winters. You may find your Golden Comet chicken choosing to sleep in the hay or straw instead of perched on the roost in extremely cold temperatures to protect their feet and legs from frostbite.

You will want to check the comb of each chicken on a regular basis when extreme cold hits your area to make sure that there is no frostbite. If the humidity level in the coop is too high, condensation can collect on the comb and freeze when the chicken goes outdoors or the temperature drops inside the coop. It is extremely important to monitor humidity levels inside any chicken coop in extreme cold to prevent frostbite or even death.

Do Golden Comets Produce Many Eggs?

This breed was specifically bred to be a high egg production hen. When you add a Golden Comet hen to your flock, you can expect her to lay an egg almost every day during her peak laying years.

The Golden Comet can start laying eggs as early as 16 weeks. The eggs will generally be smaller when they are pullets but will increase in size as time goes on. The sure sign that one of these pullets is reaching maturity and getting ready to start laying is when the pink comb and waddle turn a dark red. It happened quickly in my Golden Comet pullets, and a few days later, they started laying their eggs.

You can expect the peak laying period for this chicken to be from the time they start laying until approximately 3 years of age. At that time, if you want to continue receiving eggs on a regular basis from the Golden Comet breed, you will need to replenish your coop with new pullets. The original hens will continue to lay, but egg production will more than likely slow down quite a bit.

Just like any other chicken breed, good husbandry practices will play a factor into how well the hens in the flock lay. Making sure that they have good nutrition and plenty of fresh water is essential to good egg production in any hen or pullet. If a problem arises or egg production slacks off the first place to trouble shoot is the nutritional value of the feed that the flock is given. Changing the feed to a better quality feed with higher nutrition or adding fresh vegetables and oyster shell for calcium can sometimes do the trick to restore good egg production.

The eggs of this breed of chicken are brown shelled and are usually large or extra large in size. Their outstanding laying ability has made this one of the breeds that produces the commercial brown eggs that supply grocery stores all over the country. Next to the Rhode Island Red chicken, the Golden Comet can definitely hold its own in egg production.

The Personality and Behavior of a Golden Comet Chicken

Speaking from my own personal experience, this breed of chicken is very laid back. My hens don't fuss at all when I pick them up. The hens are extremely friendly and curious about everything they see. They will walk right up to you just because of the simple fact you are there.

These chickens get along with other chicken breeds quite well. From what I have observed in my own flock, when there is a scuffle going on, the Golden Comet hens are nowhere around it. They are rarely involved in "arguments" with other hens. I look at mine as the peacemakers of the coop because that's what they remind me of.

The video is a perfect example of this. Even when they were younger, the two Golden Comets in my flock never got involved in any scuffles. In the video, Marsala tries to bully one of the meaties, and as soon as Rosemary, the Golden Comet, saw what was happening, she moved away.

Golden Comet chickens are sociable with strangers and don't mind being held by someone they have never met before. They are excellent around children and are a great beginner breed for anyone wanting to start their own backyard flock of chickens.

Questions & Answers

Question: My golden comets are a little over a year old. I bought them because of their large, dark red-brown eggs. I was so happy when they started laying those beautiful dark eggs. In recent months, their eggs have become light to medium tan. My aunt's comets still lay dark colored eggs, and they're fed the same food we feed ours. Can you help me figure out what is wrong and what I need to do?

Answer: The shade of brown in the shell will vary for each chicken and from egg to egg. The only way to modify the color of an egg that I'm aware of is feeding chickens pumpkin to make the yolks creamier and a darker shade of orange. As far as altering the shade of brown on the outside shell, there is nothing that I know of that will accomplish that.

Question: Typically, what color are Golden Comet roosters?

Answer: They are the same reddish color as the hens.

Question: Where can I find the golden comet chicken?

Answer: You can sometimes purchase them from a local breeder or farmer, or you can buy them from a hatchery.

Randy Keister on August 18, 2020:

Is second generation golden comets hard to tell what sex they are

MUSTAPHA ISSAHAQ on August 14, 2020:

Can a golden comet keep in hot place,

If a golden comet did not lay in 17 to 18 weeks. What will be the problem because am using the normal food as my friend and his hen start laying in 15 to 16 weeks

Patti on July 16, 2020:

We have 5 and I guess 1 Houdan rooster. Will that work to get eggs? I'm pretty sure all 5 comets are female pullets but they are not laying eggs yet. Is it better for them to be free range?

Deva M on June 21, 2020:

In india where golden comet chicken breeds are available

Matthew.Oswald on May 22, 2020:

316 NE Clay Way

Aftabaslam on March 17, 2020:

Is this survive in pakistan .in june july temprature rises above 45 degree.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on April 18, 2019:

What the chicken eats is the determining factors in the color and consistency of the yolk. A chicken that has a more natural diet that consists of everything from the feed to plants to bugs will have that brighter orange color in their yolks.

Many commercially raised chickens are only able to access their feed. Even if the package says something like free range, chances are the chickens are only eating feed. It's a big can of worms to open and too much for a comment section but a lot of the wording on commercial eggs isn't what a lot of people think it is. Yolks don't lie but unfortunately people do and the requirements to be able to put something like "free range" on the packaging are really surprising.

Rick on April 05, 2019:

I don't have a yard where I can have chickens, but I love farm fresh eggs. One of the reasons I like the Golden Comet eggs is because of the dark orange yolk. If these are what's used commercially, why are the yolks so bright yellow when I have to get store bought?

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on March 18, 2019:

They do well in cold weather because they grown down like feathers to protect themselves from colder temps. They won't lay quite as many eggs in the winter time. You'll want to make sure to check their combs and feet when the temps get really cold to make sure that they aren't developing frost bite.

Sohail Ahmed on March 11, 2019:

Please Can you tell me golden comet hen can survive in ice cold weather.

I am waiting for your reply and i am lots of thanks full to you.

NJD on November 13, 2018:

You can order your golden comet chicks from the Cackle Factory on the internet. They were shipped via the post office. They were hatched and 3 days later I received them at local post office. I order 15 and they sent 18 just in case we lost some. All have survived and are the most wonderful chickens. My miniature poodle puppy Coco loves them as well. I started taking the puppy into their pen when she was 3 months old. She thinks she is a chicken!! Eats and drinks with them. I don't recommend putting an older dog in with chickens .however.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on August 15, 2018:

Hello Kanika,

I'm not sure where you can purchase them in India. Here is the US, they can be purchased through mail order from a hatchery or from local feed stores. They do fine in summer as well as winter as long as they have the amount of food and water that they require. They are very tolerant of different climates. Hope that helps!

kanika khetan on August 09, 2018:

hi i am from india and i am willing to by golden comet , can you please help me from where can i order & i would also like to know what climate is the best for golden comet...????

Anonymous on April 07, 2018:

What should I feed my Golden Comet Chick?

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on March 22, 2018:


I'm not 100% sure of the weight of the eggs that Golden Comets lay but I can tell you that they are the chicken breed that is used in commercial laying operations in the US for large and xlarge brown eggs. Their eggs will be smaller at first but that's normal for all chicken breeds. It will take them a month or two after they start laying for the eggs to get up to regular size. The breeds that I know of that lay large or xtra large brown eggs that I have experience with are the Golden Comet, the Barred Rock and the White Rock. I hope that helps to answer your question.

ghaffari on March 21, 2018:

Hi Helena,

Do you have an idea what is the weight of golden comet eggs? Are they more then 50g or 60g?

If not, so which breed laying large eggs?


Jordan F. on March 12, 2018:

I have Comet in my flock and if I were to recommend a breed it would be the golden comet. They are friendly and good layers.

Mama g on January 27, 2018:

I had these chickens a while ago and moved. I now have room again for chickens and there's no doubt I want only golden comets. They are friendly and each one has they're own personalty. I am in a moving chair and one chicken would run to me just to ride around in my lap. I loved them and I choose them again

Liz Richmond Virginia on April 18, 2017:

Very helpful. I was worried about one of my comets, but at ease now. Thanks this was wonderful.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on February 24, 2016:

Thank for sharing his useful information. ;-)

Carolyn on July 31, 2015:

I have seven of the golden comets and 4 others which are white with a little black on them(don't know their breed). They are all very good hens but the comets are my favoriite. They went through a real bad winter last year and laid most every day. They lay really nice big brown eggs and are easy to deal with.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on June 23, 2014:

That's neat! I had always heard that they rarely go broody. That's really cool!

Lynn Fletcher from Bula, West Virginia on June 23, 2014:

One of my Comets has hatched 3 chicks and is a very good mother. One chick is yellow, beginning to feather out white with black, one is reddish with a dark spot on her head, and the third one is variegated brown.

Rachael on March 04, 2014:

Thanks you really helped me a lot and convinced may mom that they will get along well with are rhode island red hen we only have 1 hen and 3 roosters so we really need morehens thanks for the info

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on November 18, 2013:

Thank you! I have a couple of this breed in my flock too and I agree with you. They are great hens to have around.

Jaymie from Ellijay, Ga on November 15, 2013:

I love the golden comets I have a few and they are such friendly chickens and great egg layers! I enjoyed your article, thanks for the great information.

carol stanley from Arizona on July 26, 2012:

I have never heard of Golden Comet chickens..Where have I been? Always something new to learn. Great hub. Voted UP.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on July 25, 2012:

Thank you! They are great at laying eggs. Mine have been laying every day since they started.

moonlake from America on July 25, 2012:

Golden Comets are very pretty. I will keep them in mind when I talk my husband into some chickens. Enjoyed your video. Voted up.

Sex Link Chickens vs Autosexing Chickens

Even though many people are using these two terms interchangeably, they do not refer to the same chickens.

We believe that many people are confused when doing so. Let’s clarify this.

Purebred chickens are called auto-sexing breeds, while the crossbreeds are called sex-link chickens.

Barred Rock – Red Sex Link

The only reason why the term ‘autosexing’ was developed was to differentiate between sex-link purebreds and sex-link crossbreeds.

The one autosexing chicken breed that you may encounter normally is the California Gray. However, there are other autosexing breeds like the barred Plymouth Rocks and other barred varieties of the Dominique Chicken and varieties of Leghorn chicken.

Golden Comet chickens vs heritage breeds:

A table comparison of heritage breeds with Golden Comets.

Golden Comet chickens.Heritage chicken breeds.
280 - 330 eggs per year 180 - 200 eggs per year
Very good feed efficiency Average feed efficiency
Tend to not be broody Tend to be more broody
Light weight birds Large, heavy birds
Productive for 3 years Productive for 5 years
Colour sex at day old Not always easy to sex
Faster growing POL is 19 weeks Slower growing POL is 25 weeks

There is no doubt Hybrids like the Golden Comet live their lives much faster than hertiage chickens.

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The life and health of the Golden Comet

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Hi all.
I have 4 y/o golden comets.
I started with six.
Lost one to predator.
Last year lost one to who was prone to internal laying I believe.
A couple months back lost another due to multiple health including I believe being egg bound as well as crop issues.
Shortly after she passed, another starting showing signs of being egg bound. She was always a little prone to becoming bound but would eventually pass the egg including in recent months. She is also showing signs of sour crop. She is ill now but this time I do not expect her to live much longer and think I will probably be down to 2 of the original 6. I have read from others, with this breed be prepared to lose 50% of flock within the first couple of years.

I have been researching both health issues of crop and egg laying problems extensively. I follow advice I have read online from the experienced and Avian vets.
It seems as though the Golden Comet is prone to egg laying issues simply due to the breed. My comets, like most, are amazing layers. Frequent layers HUGE eggs. Even at the age of four still lay XL to jumbo eggs. I had hoped that during the winter months they would slow down more than they do to help with health . but they only slow down a little. I have never used light.
RE the crop issues. I have read that the GCs are prone to this as well.

We will be getting a new flock this spring. I had been trying to decide which breed to get. Knowing the Golden Comet is prone to these health issues . it does not seem like a good idea to get them again. Others have posted the ethics of this breed. I too have questioned that. BUT . I am going to get them again and try one more time.
Here is why.

We love our animals. Our chickens are not just for eggs . they are pets as much as our cats and dogs are. I do not expect them to just "earn" their keep. Especially this breed. Their personalities are so HUGE we just love them to pieces. They have amazed other more experienced chicken owners with their personalities and super friendliness. They remind me of puppies. We have one hen (the one who is sick now) who would often try to jump into the car with you. She was frequently sneaking into the house . she knew exactly where the cat food was. One time I was closing the girls up for the night and did not see her. I walked the yard many times fearing a predator got her. She had at one point got in the house and went down into the basement hanging out! Silly bird.
I will get this breed again keeping the potential/probable health issues in mind and plan accordingly just as I would with any breed of animal prone to specific health issues.
I will try to have a better plan to prevent crop issues, egg laying issues etc.

I would love to know if their is any healthful way to SLOW down egg production.

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