The Dominique also known as Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl, originated in the USA during the colonial period. It is considered America's oldest breed of chicken, likely descending from chickens brought to New England from southern England during colonial times. By the 19th century, they were very popular and were raised in many parts of the country. Dominiques are a dual purpose breed, being valued for their table bird qualities as well as for their brown eggs. In earlier times, their feathers were much sought after as stuffing for pillows and mattresses. After the Plymouth Rock breed was developed from the Dominiques in the 1870s, the Dominiques' popularity declined, and by the 1950 they were so rare, they were considered nearly extinct. During the 1970s, Dominiques were listed in "Critical" status with fewer than 500 breeding birds in North America. However, due to a revival of interest in them and other rare breeds, the Dominiques have made a comeback and are now listed on the "Watch" list, indicating lesser danger of extinction. Details: Breed Purpose Dual Purpose Comb Rose Broodiness Average Climate Tolerance All Climates Egg Productivity Medium Egg Size Medium Egg Color Brown Breed Temperament Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile Breed Colors/Varieties Correct Dominique barring is not quite black on not quite white, and the bars are staggered, rather than the parallel and sharply contrasting black and white barring of the Barred Rock. Breed Size Large Fowl Pic by @LaurenM23 Pic by @Osprey Pic by @Chris09 Pic by @WallTenters Pic by @WallTenters BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/dominique BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/301766/dominique-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/568590/dominiques/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1019004/investing-more-in-american-dominiques/0_30 Do you own Dominiques? Are you a Dominique breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!