Barred Rock vs. Dominiques

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

  1. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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:
    http://www.dominiquechicken.com/Dominiques_and_Barred_Rocks.html
     
  3. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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