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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

    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.

    Dominique eggs

    Dominique chics

    Dominique juvenile

    Dominique hen

    Dominique rooster

    To learn more about this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Gillybean05
    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
    "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
    "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

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  1. critterkeeper25
    We have 18 hens. 5 Dominiques, 4 Buckeyes, 4 RIR's, 4 Buff Orpingtons. They all get along really well. The word "spunky" is a good word to describe the Dominiques. When I am out digging up worms for them (yes..I know, I'm weird) or working in the garden, the Dominiques sneak up on me and peck my butt. They are persistent and I have to keep shooing them away so that I don't end up with wounds! LOL Our Dominiques lay medium sized eggs. Right now they are going through a pretty serious molt and aren't laying but they have consistantly laid an egg every day. They are the eggs with the richest golden colored yolks of all the eggs our hens lay.
  2. critterkeeper25
    We have 5 Dominiques. all hens. They are very inquisitive and are the first chickens around when I uncover some snacks (especially crickets!). They do seem to be the more aggressive of all of the 18 hens we have. There is one hen in particular that will peck and chase away any hen that she seems to think is encroaching on her snack opportunity. And they also like to peck the backs of my legs when they feel like they should be getting attention/snacks while I am doing other things in the yard. LOL It really isn't funny when you have shorts on. They have drawn blood!
  3. wermnmnmnm
    My Dominique Bobbie, was the first to lay at 19 weeks and is laying @ 5 eggs a week... she is very sweet and tells me all about her laying when I get her egg from the coop.
  4. Birtles
    50lb of feed for 18 birds across 6 weeks equates to 200g of feed per bird per week.....
  5. Turk Raphael with most rose or pea combed breeds, it's not uncommon to have a straight combed Dom pop up on occasion, almost always with hens. It does not make them any less purebred.
  6. The Yakima Kid
    She likes you, and she hopes for a pat and a treat, not necessarily in that order.
  7. The Yakima Kid
    The Keystone Koop provides us with hours and hours of entertainment. They are always so busy with biddy business.
  8. The Yakima Kid
    Don't forget their single minded dedication to food and foraging. We refer to ours as the Keystone Koop as they stalk squirrels, humming birds, peck at our legs in demand for treats, etc. I will note that they seem to know not to peck at bare skin, and they don't peck hard.
  9. The Yakima Kid
    We refer to ours as the Keystone Koop.
  10. The Yakima Kid
    What was interesting about the Dominique peck order fighting was the extreme drama that looked like it should cause serious injuries but appeared to leave all pullets unharmed. The White Leghorns I had as a kid didn't look half as dramatic in their disputes, but they caused bleeding wounds in some cases. This was like watching old style local TV wrestling - lots of drama, storm and fury. B^)

    I love watching Dominique chicks in a brooder with other breeds; you can pick them out very easily both by their size, and by the fact that they will run incredibly fast from one end to another to get a look at the people looking at them. B^)

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