Barred Rock vs. Dominiques

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by brooster, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Which is better in:
    Egg laying and size
    cold hardy
    heat hardy
    easy to pick up
    easy to tame
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I would say, in general, they have similar personality characteristics, but I think some would say the Barred Rock is a slightly better layer and the Dom is maybe more inclined to broodiness. Here is a physical side-by-side comparison of the two breeds I like, although I know you are looking for other things in your post:
  3. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I'm with speckledhen on the egg laying and broodiness.
    The Dom maybe a little more cold weather hardy only due to the comb. Both are for the most part friendly, docile, easy to tame and pick up. The Barred Rock is a little larger. You cannot go wrong with either. If I were raising them to sell, I would go with the Dom. only because they are not as abundant as the Barred Rocks. Which may mean you could get a better price for them. If I only wanted eggs, probably the Rocks.
  4. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    The Dominique is the oldest American breed and good ones are difficult to find. Most Dominiques have a good bit of Barred Rock bred in to their lines. True Dominiques as pictured in the Standard probably only exist with 2 or 3 Master breeders who do not part with their good stock readily. What most people call Dominiques are as much Barred Rock as Dominique.

    You can't go wrong with either breed.

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