This is my first time raising chickens of the Dominique breed. I bought seven from a lady... six hens and a rooster and they were eight months old. Every one of them were wormy, and having a respiratory illness from gape worm infections as well. It has been two months now of steady treatments and I just heard the rooster crow for the first time yesterday. Not a loud crow mind you he still has a little rattle, but a crow none the less. He is dancing for the hens in the morning and feeling feeling better. I knew better than buying the chickens from the seller... The chicken yard was in horrible condition to many birds and to many species all drinking from a duck pond. I have worked as an assistant veterinarian and have a good idea of just what I was getting into. Three of the hens have to have the worst beak job I have ever seen in my life. I felt so sorry for them. They have a new home, and a new outlook on life. With luck this fall I hope to add to the flock. Fingers crossed for a broody Dominique hen, but I have two Cochin lady's in waiting, and an incubator handy.