Barred Rock vs. Dominique

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SCallahan, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. SCallahan

    SCallahan In the Brooder

    May 15, 2009
    Albuquerque NM
    Surely this is painfully obvious to someone here, but I'm wondering, what is the difference between Barred Rocks and Dominiques? Synonymous?
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  2. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I know BR has a single comb while the Domineque will have a rose comb. I think maybe there is a leg thing too.....some one will chime in on that I am sure [​IMG]

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Barred Rock single comb, Dominique rose comb. Also the pattern isn't the same Barred Rocks are barred-obviously. Dominiques are cuckoo.
  4. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    NYREDS is right but I thought it might be fair to say, to someone who has to ask, that a quick glance and most people don't know barred from cuckoo until they're shown the difference with either birds or feathers next to one another.

    Barring is clearer, more defined. Cuckoo pattern is fuzzy edged and blurs together more. But I could throw a half dozen barred birds in a group of poultry people and have more than half call them "domineckers" or some version of the word dominique or cuckoo-colored. Or tell me it's the same thing...

    So the confusion is honest, when many, many people don't know.
  5. SCallahan

    SCallahan In the Brooder

    May 15, 2009
    Albuquerque NM
    Yeah I guess I wasn't noticing that difference in the pattern. I have 3 Dominiques but every time I see a picture of a barred rock I'm stuck thinking they look an awful lot alike. Thanks for your replies, they were very helpful!
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  6. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    Completely different combs & plummage as mentioned. Also, completely different body shapes, proportions & weight. Definitely not synonymous. They are two completely different breeds.

    You should be able to differentiate the two breeds from 100 yards away. Incidentally, the Dominique is the oldest American breed.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

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  8. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    according to randell burkey a barred rock is the cross of dominique and a black java, or cochin,
  9. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Quote:Thank you for the link [​IMG]
  10. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Aside from the difference in physical appearance, I wonder about how they are different for personality and characteristics. I am thinking about getting a Dominique. Unfortunately one of my BR was eaten by a dog, and I'm thinking of a Dominique to keep my remaining BR company in the black & white chicken category. My BR tends to get picked on, and I don't want to get her a Dominque buddy if the Dominque is likely to be domineering!

    Any insights? Thanks!

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