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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Foragers, beautiful, rare, great egg layers, the best mothers
Cons - Do not Carr for confinement. Hard to find.
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
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!
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.