barred rocks vs. Dominiques?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by amazondoc, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Here's another comparison for all you wise folks --

    I had intended to have a couple rocks in my flock-to-be. However, I found out that my mom's family had "dominikers" when she was a kid, so it would be nostalgic to have a couple of them -- AND I found a heritage breeder not too far from here who sells Dominiques, Ameraucanas (which I was interested in anyway) and Brabanters (which look gorgeous).

    So -- can someone with personal experience of both these breeds (rocks and Dominiques) compare and contrast the two? Are the Dominique eggs substantially smaller? Do they lay well? Personality? Anything you can think of would be great, thanks!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

  3. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Well......they can't be *completely* different, since the barred rocks originated from the Dominiques. But I understand there may be substantial differences!

    I haven't thoroughly researched this breeder yet, but she appears to be breeding to APA standards. If I do decide to go with Doms, I'll be sure to check her out more thoroughly before I buy. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the info!
  4. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    A true Dominecker has a Rose comb, the Barred Rocks have a single comb. If you google some pics you can tell the difference. The ALBC list the Dominecker on its critical breeding list. We have always raised the Barred Rocks and they are wonderful layers, tame easily and can get to be a pretty good size if you wanted them for meat or eggs. [​IMG]
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, yes the Barred Rock has Dom in the ancestry, just like Australorp has Orpington in its ancestry, but I still think anyone would say they're different breeds. The body types on Doms and Barred Rocks are different, combs, barring, etc, all have differences. It's one of my #1 battles here, telling these local yokels that every barred bird is not a "Dominecker". Heck, even a Dominecker isn't a Dominecker, they need to learn to spell.
  6. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Quote:You crack me up Cyn [​IMG]
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Sorry, that just bugs me. What can I say? [​IMG]
  8. Cassandra

    Cassandra Ranger Rick

    Oct 27, 2007
    Southwest Mississippi

    I ordered a dominique from Ideal last october and I am almost certain the hen I got is a barred rock.

    Here is a link to a picture of her, but it's not a close up, I can get a better pic of her this evening when I get home. Anyway, she is short and plump with a short tail and I am almost positive a single comb. I should just KNOW but now that I can't look at her, I can't swear to it. LOL

    She's a great little bird, but I'm going to be a little miffed if I didn't get what I ordered.

  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Hey Cyn, can you fetch me some hatchin' eggs for your Domino chickens?
  10. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Quote:I totally agree. Besides having barring (and even then its different) they aren't anything alike, really.

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