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Dominique Reviews

Positive Reviews

wsmith

American Dominiques

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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...
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WallTenters

Love the breed!

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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...
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Negative Reviews

Undimere

Not my fav breed

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Pros: Daily layer

Cons: VERY LOUD, excellent escape-artist, smaller eggs

I have 8 hens that are allowed to free-range all day. LucyAnn, my only Dominique, is my problem-child. She jumps over my fence and stands at my backdoor baulking loudly whenever she's hungry, bored and/or cranky. Her baulking starts at 6am but doesn't stop until after sunset. My neighbors have complained about her noise. Half a dozen times a day, I'm chasing her out of the dog run, out of my garden, and out from under the porch deck.   Even though her eggs are smaller, she is a reliable layer.  Her feathers are soft and she is friendly with children and adults.
5th chick

Personality Change

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Pros: good egg layer

Cons: became vicious

Our Dominique is close to a year old.  She was constantly handled and loved to sit in our laps for love and petting.  she would lightly peck at our pant leg to get us to pick her up, and she would peck at the back door to get us to let her inside.  One day in January, she was sitting with her head down and not moving.  She was clearly sick.  Since she was our favorite I took her to a Avian & Exotic animal vet.  The pumped her up with antibiotics and other fluids and sent me home with two RX's that we had to shove down her throat twice a day for two weeks.  She got well but has never been the same.  She charges us to bit us, and she bits so...
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More Reviews

Sylvester017

SWEET CURIOUS BREED FROM CHICKS TO ADULTS

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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...
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ChickenAddict92

Really great breed

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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.    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...
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BantamFan4Life

Dominique

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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.
jeffsmith13

My favorite

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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.
BroodyChknMomma

Great layers, great personalities, great foragers,

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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...
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jessiepaul

Great breed!

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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.  
chicklover23

AWESOME CHICKENS!!!!!!!!!!!

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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 chickens
JediJinx

Versatile and Hardy

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Pros: Super foragers, smart, sweet personality, medium size, great club support

Cons: Lay a small-medium egg, some lines lack body size

My Dominiques really shine in the bug catching arena, making a daily thorough patrol around the property eating everything. They love to forage, but can tolerate being in the small coop too. Hens lay an egg every day (almost, they have taken a day off a few times, especially in the heat). They are sweet and curious and funny, unlike some other more boring chickens - their faces are always looking around for adventure. Even my animal-non-lover husband has taken a liking to them, especially our stately rooster. He is vigilant and tender towards his girls. I purchased him as a young rooster and my pullets were much younger (about 10 weeks old) and he...
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chickenmadness7

I love my Dominique!

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Pros: Great personality

Cons: none yet

We love our little Dominique chick. Of all of our other breeds to include Wyandottes, Welsummer, and Speckled Sussex, our Dominique is just the cutest, funniest, most personable chicken. Very friendly and loves to be petted with the softest feathers. Very animated too.
PheasantsFirst

Amazing breed!

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Pros: Curious smart tough

Cons: Non yet

They're a wonderful breed! I have a half dozen of them that are a few months old. Every day they show their great foraging skills. I didn't handle them much when they were young so they were always really flighty but now when I am in the pen they'll come up and investigate my feet. Often almost tripping me when I walk away. I can't wait to see how well they do in winter, especially with egg laying.
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