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  • 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
    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.
    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
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Rose
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.






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Recent User Reviews

    "Dominiques are wonderful!"
    Pros - Foragers, beautiful, rare, great egg layers, the best mothers
    Cons - Do not Carr for confinement. Hard to find.
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  2. Swiftbow
    "Friendliest, favorite chicken"
    Pros - Good laying, personable, smart, friendly, likes being petted, easy to pick up
    Cons - A little too smart sometimes (an escape artist) and a little needy when it comes to treats
    20507726_10212236802427864_146300045803829603_o.jpg Our one dominique chicken, Lady Cluck (pictured here letting the newcomers know who's boss), is the leader of our flock. She's a robust, good laying bird (about 5 a week) who's also the most people friendly (though she can be a pest about getting treats and also likes to escape the yard and forage in the driveway occasionally).

    But she likes being petted (and occasionally picked up) and adapted very well after her brood sisters passed away and we brought in new chickens. Asserting herself, but never being vicious, she's stayed as alpha chicken, even though she's one of the smaller ones and treats the new chicks well, too.

    I heartily recommend dominiques to all chicken raisers, new and old!
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  3. lutherpug
    "Love her!"
    Pros - Curious, funny, pretty eggs
    Cons - None
    I ordered my Dominique, Mabel, on a whim from MPC to round out my order. I'm so glad I picked her, she is such a fun chicken. She was the first to do everything-escape the brooder, sit on the water bottle, perch, eat treats, jump on your hand, roost, and lay eggs. She is so inquisitive and follows me around like a dog. I cannot get her to leave me alone when doing "coop chores". She has to be right with me sticking her nose into everything. She's really sweet and quite a pretty bird as well.

    I don't have room for more than 4-6 hens at the moment but as soon as I make my country escape I'll be adding more of these gals to my flock. Great layers, sweet personalities. Like puppies-into everything!
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  1. LittleWillowFarm
    Doms are my life, Just putting that out there
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Dominiques, Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
  3. Circle W Farms
    Dominiques are great but in my experience they mature a little slower than RIR.
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  4. Dottie Ferrell
    Love your comments. We have only 4 chickens and one is a Dom. She is my husbands favorite and is certainly a charmer. She also pecks shoes if you aren't turning the garden dirt over fast enough so she can swipe worms....but the B O's do that too. The Dom, however, is the first to get into trouble and show the others how to follow her into it. If they decide to leave the yard to visit neighbors---it is she who is the instigator. This is so fun to read others' comments.
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  5. ChristyinGA
    How high is your fence?
  6. Turk Raphael
    May I put it another way? The Barred Rock is similar to the Dominique breed since the doms were here first. I actually like the B. Rocks but they wouldn't make a pin feather on a Dominique's "Pope's Nose". LOLOLOL

    I have 50 Doms coming again, to arrive on 9/23/16 and I'm worse than an excited kid.

    I had better check..they might be being shipped on that date.....jajajajajajajaja
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  7. Hens rule
    I agree with you. My Dominique Pilot is the same way!
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  9. Jensownzoo
    I've got three Dominque chicks right now. One of them is my favorite chick out of all that I have. Only six weeks old and she'll jump right out of the brooder onto my lap for petting. All three of them have been the most curious and outgoing of the bunch (of 21 chicks) so it's great hearing all these wonderful things about the breed when they're mature as well!
  10. coop410silkies
    I inherited a Dominique roo when I moved into my place, and he was a most handsome fellow. His previous owner said he had been a very sweet and docile rooster until he survived a fox attack, and "then he turned vicious." When I moved in he stayed very very far away from me, but once he became comfortable having me around, he started stalking and attacking me. I had never owned a chicken and I was terrified of him. I bought more pullet chicks, and one of them matured into a Roo. The Dominique fell ill over the summer, his comb darkened, and after a month or two of hot weather, he died. I didn't think it at the time, but now I'm wondering if his rose comb did not help him with heat dissipation in the hotter months. I like rose combs for our cold winters, but nowadays I might take extra care to cool them off in the summer.

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