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.
- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- 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 Size:
- Large Fowl
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.
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.
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 www.dominiqueclub.org