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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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!
Pros - Beautiful birds, Non-agressive, Extra boys make a nice table bird.
I've had my Doms for almost a year now. I've never had any aggressive cockerels or hens. They make a great dual-purpose breed and would be an excellent addition to anybodies flock.
Pros - Good layer, got along with everyone.
Cons - Skittish, too submissive.
I had one for a little over a year and really liked her.
Pros - Calm disposition, friendly and forthcoming, funny, brave, curious, great free-rangers
Cons - Eggs run a bit small, but some are on the bigger side
I got my doms from a breeder when they were a few days old. I currently have 5 hens and a rooster and they are about to turn a year old. These guys are such a good fit for me and what I'm looking for. I live in a colder climate and these guys thrive in it. One day this past winter it was -45 F (-54 with the wind chill) and these guys were out in their run like it was nothing. Their hardiness is astonishing. They are very calm and easy-going. Mine don't mind being picked up and held, even my rooster. They all love to eat out of my hand and immediately come flocking over if they see me sticking out my palm. Just like everyone else has said, these guys are vicious foragers. They really do make other breeds look lazy. I have a few australorps (who are decent foragers as well) and the doms outwork them in the foraging department. It's clockwork to them. They are VERY good layers. I get at least 4 eggs a day from 5 hens. The eggs are starting to get bigger although they are usually medium in size. They aren't the biggest birds around, the cocks are somewhere around 7 lb. while the hens are 5 lb. That doesn't matter to me though, these guys are such wonderful chickens and a piece of history. I'm very grateful that those handful of Dominique flock owners in the 70's got together and decided to keep these guys going, otherwise I wouldn't be as happy as I am today. Not much else I could say that hasn't been said already...Dominiques forever baby!
Pros - Sweet lap chickens..... Totally docile
Cons - Too sweet if in a flock with tough birds
My hens are named Treasure and Special.... That is how I feel about these amazing birds.
Pros - Great foragers. friendly and beautfiul, pink eggs
Cons - smaller egg, doesn't produce as many eggs as other breeds, always running and squatting in front of me even with a rooster around
I picked up two hatchery doms to round out my mixed breed flock. Got them for the feathers and didn't expect much, but they have become almost my favorites. These guys are super friendly with me and all the other chickens, and seem to resolve disagreements involving between the more temperamental welsummers by enticing everyone else to sunbathe. They have taught the rest of the flock a lot of foraging behavior too. My one dom trills the whole time she prepares the the nest to lay an egg; it is the most adorable thing and I'll bet she would make a good mom. Also I was surprised to see that they lay very pink, and not tan eggs!
Pros - intelligent, friendly, wonderful foragers
Cons - small - medium eggs
I think Dominiques are underrated. Very docile, intelligent birds. They wander and work hard for their meals, foraging all day long. At first I thought the black and white pattern would be dull, unexciting, but after owning them now for a few months, they are quite beautiful after all. If handled frequently from the time they are hatched, when they mature, they actually seem to adore the attention and want to be held and petted from time to time. The only negative thing I could say is about the egg size, they have produced small to medium sized eggs so far which has been a bit of adjusting.
I highly recommend this breed. A wonderful all around bird!
Pros - Good foragers, predator resistant, good layers, friendly
We added a couple of Dominique pullets to my first order of chicks 3 yrs ago. We were interested in a heritage breed that lays brown eggs, are good foragers, and predator resistant. We haven't been disappointed in our choice. The girls are talkative, friendly, and good layers of large, medium brown colored eggs. They are assertive, but not aggressive in the flock. As pullets, they loved roosting quietly on us. Some people think their pattern is mundane, but we think it looks pretty, especially against green grass. I would recommend this hardy breed for first time backyard chicken farmers.
Pros - Friendly, nice layer, beautiful
Cons - Barred feathers attract hawks
Of my 12 chickens my dominique was my favorite. She always came to greet me outside and pecked my boots to get my attention. She was fun to watch and beautiful to look at. She was also a great layer. Yesterday however a coopers hawk attacked and killed her. Their small size and barred feathers make them easy targets for aerial attacks. Im so sad to have lost her. She will be greatly missed.
Pros - goofy, super curious, quiet
Cons - hyper, super curious, a bit flighty/jumpy, hard to catch to hold.
Where do I start with this chicken. We got our first egg today and I'm pleasantly surprised, it's about a large size egg, just a tad smaller than our store bought extra large eggs.
This chicken is the goofball of our flock. Always the first out of the coop, first to run up and get a treat. Even as a chick, she was the first to perch, first to find her way out of the bin we had them in, first to jump up on our bathroom counter. She would jump up on us if we got to close and try to perch on us like a parrot. She is always the first to figure out something new.
She has the "I don't care what anyone thinks of me" attitude, but in a good way. If she wants to see something or do something, she will do it without hesitation.
My only complaint is she is not very "holdable." She is absolutely not shy in the least about coming for a treat, she's always the first, but if you get your hand anywhere near her, she will jump and squawk. She comes right back to get more treats, but she doesn't not like being caught or held. She is quite vocal for a few seconds when you do catch her. She relents though and lets us hold her once we have her. She likes to do her own 'thang' her own way.
Very fun bird. Just not the cuddly type. I would definitely have a couple of these in a large flock. They will give you lots of enjoyment if you like watching your chickens.