Are they Barred Rocks or Dominiques?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DementedHam, May 23, 2007.

  1. DementedHam

    DementedHam Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Southern California
    Hi. Finally a cool chicken website! (I'm a new member).

    For a while now I have been very confused. I have Four chickens: an araucana, a white leghorn and 2 others that I'm unsure if they are Barred Rocks or Dominiques. I've been to many search engines looking for pics and descriptions but both breeds look the same! Any idea.....?[​IMG]
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    The color of their legs should give it away. Also, it's my understanding that there are slight differences in the barring pattern. Do you have any pictures of your birds that you can post?
  3. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Barred Rocks have single combs and Doms have Rose Combs. [​IMG]
  4. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Not to confuse you further but, cookoo marans also look very similar [​IMG]
    And I agree about the pics, they would definatly help.
    Also, its my understanding that the barring pattern is really only evident in "show quality birds"
    and in that case the barred rocks have more well defined, unbroken lines in their pattern, or so I read on a dominique website.
    Last edited: May 24, 2007
  5. Redneckchick

    Redneckchick In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2007
    Coldwater , Ms
    Biggest difference is the comb feature. BArred rocks have just that..Barred or spiney combs....Dominiques have a rose shaped comb....Just my observation. I have both breeds.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Barred Rocks have single combs and yellow legs, sometimes with a black wash down the front, especially on the hens.
    Dominiques have a rose comb, yellow legs and a more swaybacked look to their bodies usually.
    Cuckoo Marans have pinky-white legs, indistinct (cuckoo) barring and a single comb.
    This side-by-side explanation of the difference between Doms and BRs may help some:

    I'd go by the leg and comb myself over the barring since hatcheries have muddied the waters in that regard. I myself have a Barred Rock hen that looks exactly like a Cuckoo Marans hen due to her barring being so indistinct. The only way I know what she is is because her legs are yellow.
    Last edited: May 25, 2007
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    |Oh, wow, speckeled hen!! I have six "dominiques" or so the hatchery told me when I picked them up but I see a diff in the combs of them and have been backtracking threads here and found this thread! I finally see I have one dominique cockrel and one barred rock cockrel and four barred rock pullets! Thanks so much for that link. Seeing them side by side made all the difference in the world to me! I kept telling my DH that the one cockrel looked like someone flattened his comb and it has a little spike on the back of it. Thank you, thank you!!!
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Glad I could help clear it up some-I think that website really makes it plain with the side-by-side comparison. Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans and Doms are all very nice breeds.
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    ok, I will try this again..
    barred rock roo
    dominique roo
    thank you speckled hen as I didn't have a clue that I had two different breeds since the hatchery told me they were all doms. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2007
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, they goofed, didn't they? Glad you know what's what now, though.

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