Dominique

Average User Rating:
4.39683/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Rose
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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 Size:
    Large Fowl
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    The Dominique also known as Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl, originated in the USA during the colonial period. It is considered America's oldest breed of chicken, likely descending from chickens brought to New England from southern England during colonial times. By the 19th century, they were very popular and were raised in many parts of the country. Dominiques are a dual purpose breed, being valued for their table bird qualities as well as for their brown eggs. In earlier times, their feathers were much sought after as stuffing for pillows and mattresses.

    After the Plymouth Rock breed was developed from the Dominiques in the 1870s, the Dominiques' popularity declined, and by the 1950 they were so rare, they were considered nearly extinct. During the 1970s, Dominiques were listed in "Critical" status with fewer than 500 breeding birds in North America. However, due to a revival of interest in them and other rare breeds, the Dominiques have made a comeback and are now listed on the "Watch" list, indicating lesser danger of extinction.

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    Dominique eggs

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    Dominique chics

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    Dominique juvenile

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    Dominique hen

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    Dominique rooster

    To learn more about this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-dominique.1103078/
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  • 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:
    STANDARD
    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.
    STATUS
    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

  1. Gillybean05
    5/5,
    "Dominique"
    Pros - Tame, loving, kind, sweet, and pretty feather patterns
    Cons - None that I can think of off the top of my head
    Dominiques. They're gorgeous. Their feather pattern is white and black, making a beautiful chicken. Don't forget the chicks, though! They have little white caps on their heads until they grow in their adult feathers, and it is adorable! Everyone should get a Dominique, for eggs and beauty.
    Sylvester017 and BlackHackle like this.
  2. Sdominique
    5/5,
    "True Heritage Breed"
    Pros - Quiet, calm, takes the cold and heat very well. Good foragers. Roosters are very attentive to their hens.
    Cons - Doesn't lay as many eggs as I'd like.
    These chickens take me back in time to my childhood on my grandparents farm. Grandma always had Dominiques in her flock. They're beautiful birds with a wonderful disposition. Love em.
    BlackHackle likes this.
  3. Chickassan
    5/5,
    "I think mine's broken.:)"
    Pros - Great forager, people freindly, dependable layer.
    Cons - Can be bossy with other chickens.
    I'm the lucky owner of one dominique hen and I absolutely adore her. Personal experience as soon as I intergrated her she flogged the rooster and beat up the lead hen " dominique was still a pullet". She quickly took over lead postion amonst the hens. I had no issues at all with her as she behaved like she had known me forever the first day I got her. I've had her a year come August and she's laid a medium sized brown egg nearly every day with no issues. My little hen actively hunts squirrels and other things she probably shouldn't but that's just her. She's vocal and absolutely beautiful, even with all the quirks I'd highly recommend this breed. 20180215_162609.jpg 20180215_161456.jpg 20171003_142210.jpg 20170828_173812.jpg 20171026_141845.jpg
    Purchase Price:
    She was free
    Purchase Date:
    Aug 18, 2007

User Comments

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. hellbender
    Be careful where you get your stock. So many contemporary flocks are bastardized with Bard Rock genetics and it shows in several areas of their phenotype.
  4. critterkeeper25
    I'm sorry to hear about your hen. We have 5 Dominiques. Most of them are very friendly, although if they think that they are due a snack and you don't produce one, they will peck at your legs until it hurts. LOL They are usually great layers, but after this fall's molt, they haven't produced one egg. They are not yet 2 yrs old. It was a big molt, so maybe they are still building their bodies back up.
  5. NapaChicknGal
    None of mine are "cuddly." But I have 3 since March and they let me pet them and they suffer my closeness. The Easter egger kinda follows me around -- my FIRST egg layer; not sure I want cuddly chickens; like having them comfortable w/my presence tho' and not run the other way. Then I got a pr of leghorns in May and they keep getting out even after I cut wings--and they tolerate me as well; then an Olive Egger & barred rock and they're skittish -- had for a month plus--now I have the two marans and they're bigger than last two and they're two peas in a pod but I've only had them a few days. I am such a rookie--and they are a TON of work but very entertaining and tho' I'm 75 I'm enjoying the enrichment of animal husbandry in my dotage and hope I can continue raising these colorful girls.
    Good luck!!
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  6. hellbender
    OK...what's more...I don't think you have a chicken problem but rather a neighbor problem. If they could mind their own business, you wouldn't feel so stressed and prepared to take it out on the lovely chicky.!!!! Tell the neighbors to Bugger off!!! Or give them some eggs and give the bird time to mature.
  7. hellbender
    People worry too much about the size of eggs. In this case, size really does not always matter. What really counts is the WEIGHT of the egg!!!!
  8. Bawk
    How is egg production over their lifetime?
  9. The Yakima Kid
    Our Dominiques make the Black Stars, Barred Rocks, and even the Leghorns look like downright lazy foragers by comparison.
  10. The Yakima Kid
    We call ours our "pants chickens" because they will grab our pants legs in order to get attention and treats. If I am sitting outside, I will find all of the Dominiques hanging around behind me, just out of my line of sight. Invariably. one will wind up in front of me and scratch away in hopes I will take the hint and bring out a treat - and if that doesn't work, she'll grab my pants leg.

    They also like to tell me all about their day.
      VHoff likes this.

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