Rooster Hill Farms buys only top quality livestock for egg production. Our favorite hen is the Golden Comet. This breed was developed by Dr. Richard Hubbard in the mid-1950's by crossing Rhode Island roosters with Leghorn hens (the hens have what is known today as the "silver" trait). These chicks are sexed at hatch by color; pullets are red and cockerls are white.
Rooster Hill Farms buys our hens from a supplier who gets them from reputable producers in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The pullets are 17 - 19 weeks old when we get them. They generally start laying eggs at about 20 -22 weeks.
Golden Comet hens rarely exceed 4 pounds. As a smaller bird they require less feed, yet produce a large or extra-large egg. Golden Comets are wonderful foragers and do well in a free-range environment. This breed is naturally disease resistant, cold and heat-hardy and not flighty. In fact, they actually make great pets!
Unlike most breeds of hens, which molt every 11 - 13 months, Golden Comets usually lay for about 18 months before their first molt.