Pros: Friendly, Thrifty, good producers, great tasting, beautiful, great mothers. second year hens lay mostly large eggs.

Cons: Medium egg for first year pullets

I Love Dominiques! Besides being our oldest native American breed, they are specifically suited for North America. Last summer we had temperatures to 110 F for a week, and the entire summer was the warmest on record for our area. In the winter it frequently get to below 0 F. They continue to lay about 1 egg every other day. The cockerels are fantastic eating. We process ours at about 26 weeks, and they average about 5 lbs. dressed. The pullets start laying at between 18-22 weeks. Slower developing than some other breeds, this Heritage chicken breed has time to develope flavor that you don't get in store bought chicken. Very friendly, and easy to manage. In November-December 2012, our 12 hens and 1 rooster plus 5 EEs only went through 50 lbs of feed in 6 weeks. AND they still lay eggs! Some roosters can be ornery, but cull those and keep the one with good manners. The best dual purpose breed out there.

From an old publication:

Ten Reasons

By Dr. H. H. Lehman

From 1914 "Dominique Doings"

History repeats itself. Old things become new. The good and noble cannot be suppressed. All this is true of the American Dominique. They are coming, and coming to the front rapidly again, as a leading utility fowl. Why not? They are second to none for real merit. Following are ten cardinal reasons why they deserve a front place:

1.They are an exceedingly hardy fowl.
2.They are easy to raise.
3.They breed true to color; very few culls.
4.Mature young; pullets begin to lay at the age of five and six months.
5.They are splendid year around layers and especially a good winter layer.
6.They endure cold weather remarkably well because of their small combs and busy habits.
7.They are fine meat fowls, having nice yellow skin, and are remarkably well adapted for broilers.
8.They are active and very free from disease; seldom become over-fat.
9.They compare with the smaller breeds as layers, yet are much more profitable for market fowls
10.The Dominiques are the greatest utility fowls and money makers in poultrydom.
If other breeds have disappointed you, try the American Dominique.

Fields , Mark A. (2012-08-16). The American Dominique: A Treatise For The Fancier (Kindle Locations 4405-4422). Mark A. Fields. Kindle Edition.


Pros: Docile, winter egg layers, long lifespan, foragers

Cons: Smaller egg size than some hybrid layers

Egg size is only downside - lay up to a large egg, a few extra large but they are not supposed to lay huge eggs as they are a smaller bird. Very feed efficient ounce per ounce get way more eggs product from them, and more meat product especially if they can free range. Love the breed, have a ton breed more each year I'm addicted. Very cold tolerant and lay lots of eggs in the winter when other breeds (even the other cold tolerant ones it seems) are slowing way down. I have tried other breeds known for their foraging abilities but the Dominiques make the other breeds look a bit lazy, they will be out in the orchard sunup to sundown and don't touch the food in the feeder if they have a choice. Beautiful birds you won't appreciate their beauty until you see a small flock of them on green grass an early summer morning. 


Pros: Friendly, calm, docile, outgoing, good egg layer

Cons: None

I know I shouldn't choose favorites, but my 3 Dominique hens really are my favorite chickens. Each one of them has tons of personality. One will peck my pants until I go and get a treat. Another will be sneaky and get around behind me and peck my butt (while the first one is still pecking my pants) until I get a treat for them. lol.png



They each lay 4-5 eggs/wk and are very friendly, they even come up on the driveway to greet me when I'm trying to back my car out (in the summer). I often have to get out and shoo the chickens away from the car so that they're not dead chickens.


Dominiques are very calm birds, they don't get scared easily. Unfortunately, my one Dominique often likes to go off by herself. So I'll look out the window and I'll see eight chickens. An hour or so later, there'll still be eight chickens. At this point I'll realize that the one hen isn't nesting so then I have to go out and find her. After fifteen minutes or so I'll find her just kind of standing in a bush eating raspberries or something. th.gifIt gives me a scare every time because I keep thinking, 'A hawk got her, she's dead this time.' Then I'll find her just sitting in a bush calmly eating bugs or berries and I'll admit, I get kind of mad. She makes up for it, though. smile.png


Pros: SOFT feathers, extremely curious & friendly to humans, soft chirping/vocalizations, imprint quickly to owners, busy foragers, good feed ratio

Cons: Barred feathering can seem boring but excellent camouglage for free-ranging

I had posted this under a Dom comment but had to add this as a review:


I contacted the American Dominique Club fellow listed on its website about the nature of Dominiques. There are many beautiful breeds to choose from and the Dom wasn't my first choice because of the mundane feathering. However I was interested in the Dom because it is a lighter weight LF about 4.5+ lbs average w/ gentle temperament and decent productivity (about 4 eggs/wk) which is what I was looking for to mix w/ a gentle flock of under 5-lb birds. Plus it has a nice camouflage for free-ranging. Huge eggs, color of eggs, or table meat was not as important as temperament w/ somewhat decent productivity. The Dom is a lightweight LF so realistically I would not want her to lay XL eggs to exhaust herself like the lightweight utility Leghorns. I was also told the Doms dress out nicely but at this point I'm only interested in temperament and some eggs. Not sure we could ever eat our birds - we never even ate the mean ones but re-homed them to egg sellers - LOL.


I thought it neat to be able to get a three-hundred-year-old Colonial heritage breed. Dom was the foundation bird used to create the later utility Barred Rocks infused w/ Malay and/or other breeds to make the BRs bigger. I've had BRs before but they were too large for my under 5-lb bird flock and the larger BRs are not always nice to smaller flockmates from our experience. I also wanted a breed with a smaller comb. I didn't like dealing with single or floppy combs in winter. We've recommended the Doms and Buckeyes to snow country folks who wanted smart free-ranging small-combed birds and one family has been very happy w/ their Dom pullets and roo, and their two Buckeye pullets - especially during this year's harsh winter storms. They've adapted to cold quite readily.


The American Dominique Club breeder said that Dom chicks are an outgoing, curious, friendly, soft-chirping talkative baby and those traits continue into adulthood. They will fit the need as a pet as well as utility bird. Plus the broodiness has not been bred out of them if we wanted to raise our own flock. I took his confirmation to heart and purchased a Dom chick who was not just friendly and outgoing but downright curious about everything on our clothes, our glasses, our hair, our fingers, our computer, the mouse, etc. She was incredibly softer than other chicks to touch. She was a constant forager and made our big hens look lazy. She even made other chicks look lazy! Most chicks will come running to look for treats but bore easily and run off but not the Dom pullet chick. After checking everything out, she'd nestle in our clothes, or hand, or arm, or lap or wherever close to us. She imprinted w/ us always chirping to us to make sure we were closeby as she went exploring. Unfortunately she suffered a traumatic seizure at 19 days old right before our eyes and was gone instantly. It happens w/ chicks in all breeds as well as juveniles - we had lost an Ameraucana pullet just 2 weeks before yet her sister was fine. You never know what happened w/ one chick when all the others are fine. But we definitely will get more than one Dom again next Spring thanks to the few weeks we had w/ her!  I miss how v-e-r-y soft and how personable she was compared to the other chick breeds we had.


Pros: Super hardy. temps over 100 or below zero doesnt bother them or slow egg production.

Cons: none

They can take any weather and produce eggs every other day. If allowed to free range they will get most of their feed on their own.


Pros: Great layers, thrifty, docile

Cons: Non really

Dominique's are one of my all time favorite breeds. They are calm, docile birds, and great layers. I have one hen that is around 7 years old and still lays an egg almost everyday. Domini ques are thrifty birds, and are more lice/mite resistant than other breeds. They are also pretty good mothers, and the roosters are good meat birds. I recommend this breed for your flock!


Pros: Good layers, has a lot of breed history, generally tame.

Cons: Look really similar to Barred Rocks and that confuses people.

 Dominiques are a pretty good breed! They are fairly good layers and have a lot of unique history. Dominiques were one of the first chicken breeds brought to America and still remain one of the oldest breeds. They are also generally tame. The only down point is that a lot of people get them confused with Barred Rocks; not noticing their rose comb difference. Dominiques aren't my most favorite breed because the Barred pattern isn't really my style of bird. But, that's just my opinion, if you do like their pattern than this is your breed.


Pros: Good camoflauage coloring, great layers, good in cold weather, friendly, beautiful, talkactive, great foragers

Cons: none

I purchased my first Dominiques from Cackle Hatchery in Missouri and they were very true to true Dom standard. My next pullets are on order from McMurray, because I wanted Marck's vaccinations.


My Dominiques are beautiful girls, each has a very distinct personality, the Dom hens seem to be the rulers of the roost. They have the best camoflauage from predators of any of my hens. They are great foragers, while the other hens are relaxing in the sun, my Doms are out scratching and eating bugs.


My girls were very good layers too. Mine layed a large to x-large egg nearly everyday. They also tend to be very clean chickens and keep themselves well groomed. I live in Northern NY near Canada and it gets very rainy and muddy here with lots of snow and the Dominiques keep nice and clean and they do very well in cold weather.


With Buff Orps, Dominiques are my favorite breed of hen. I'd highly recommend them.


Pros: cute,pretty,soft, friendly

Cons: none

they are very pretty and friendly i love them even the roos are nice they are very calm and SO SOFT! i love having them around they are wonderful chickensbig_smile.png


Pros: docile, large dark brown eggs

I have a one year old Dominique hen along with 2 black sex link, 1 golden sex link, and one golden langenvelder.  Our Dominique (Bertha) has the most gentle nature.  She lays large, dark brown eggs almost everyday even through the winter (we added additional light in the evenings.)  The black and white speckling of their plumage is beautiful.  I would definitely choose this breed again.  


Dominique Chickens have endured a long and rich history. First developed by the Colonists, they were not recognized as a specific breed until the early 1800's. <p> They steadily lost popularity as Asiatic breeds became the norm on American farms, and were almost extinct by the early 1900s. The National American Dominique Club was founded to help boost their popularity, but folded in the 1930s. <p> After facing another near extinction by the 1970s, Dominiques began to again regain popularity and more people sought to add these wonderful birds to their farms and breeding programs. In the past few years however, their popularity has again waned, and many folks have moved on to other breeds. <p> The Dominique Club of America was founded in 1973 to help promote the breed and serve as a source of information and breeding stock for members working on their own strain. For more information on the DCA, visit their website at <a href=""></a>

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesCorrect Dominique barring is not quite black on not quite white, and the bars are staggered, rather than the parallel and sharply contrasting black and white barring of the Barred Rock.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Rose
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Correct Dominique barring is not quite black on not quite white, and the bars are staggered, rather than the parallel and sharply contrasting black and white barring of the Barred Rock.

Breed Details:

The Standard of Perfection lists the standard weight of a Dominique cock is 7 lbs, while the standard weight of a hen is 5-5.5 lbs.

Both sexes should have a medium sized head, neck carried well up, with a short, stout beak. A rose comb should be compact, firm and straight on the head, free from hollows, and ending in an upward curving spike. The neck should be of medium length, gracefully arched, and the back should be of medium length and breadth, rising with a concave sweep to the tail. The tail of the cock should be carried at 40 degrees from the horizontal. Full, round and prominent breast, moderately long thighs, with shanks fine in bone and medium length toes. Shanks and toes should be yellow in color and free from feathers and stubs.

The Large Fowl Dominique falls under the American class, while the Bantam variety is in the Comb Clean Leg (RCCL) class.

Dominique chicks are sex linked, which makes it much easier for breeders to sex their chicks as soon as they hatch. A cockerel chick has a light and scattered spot of yellow on the top of the head, while the head spot of a pullet chicks is more compact and solid. Also, the shanks & feet of a pullet chick is darker and much more shadowed than that of a cockerel chick.

Currently, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy lists the Dominique as being on "Watch" status. They have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and their numbers are slowly climbing. Dominiques have the honor of being one of the breeds listed on the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste.