Dominique or Barred Rock???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cairopd1069, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. cairopd1069

    cairopd1069 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2010
    Cairo, Ga
    I recently bought 24 chickens. They look to be around 8 weeks old. I was told they were Dominique, but someone said they may be Barred Rocks. Is there a way I can know for sure? I can upload a photo if I need to, that is if I can figure out how to upload it.
  2. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    I know that dominique have a different type of comb, don't know how early that is apparent though! I'm sure someone can tell from a photo if you have any.
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Barred Rocks:
    Single Comb
    Yellow legs

    Rose comb
    Pinkish legs
  4. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I have also heard that the barred pattern on a BR is more uniform and a Dominiquer has a more random pattern. The BR may almost look like stripes. This is all hearsay from a thread here on BYC, more specifically a response on a thread.[​IMG]

    I would go with awesomefowl's response!
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
  5. cairopd1069

    cairopd1069 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2010
    Cairo, Ga
    Thanks for all the responses. I have decided I have Barred Rocks.
  6. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    Yep, I have (had actually, my BR died recently) both. The combs are the tell.

    This is a good "head shot" of the BR:


    And if you look closely you can see the difference in the combs on the Dominiques: (Sorry I don't have a good close up of any of those)

  7. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    You shld see the serrated comb of br easily. The rose comb will be smooth area on pullets and cockerals.
  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Yeah, single comb birds have tiny little combs even as day old chicks.
    Rose comb birds have a flat bit where the comb grows in later...

    Edited to add that at 8 weeks the rose comb should be really obvious!
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    It could also be that you have Dominique/BR cross... My folks bought 4 Barred Rocks from a guy breeding hatchery stock and not one of those birds has all of the traits of one breed or the other but most of them seem to have a mix of the two. One is probably crossed with a Jersey Giant because she's huge and has a cuckoo pattern rather than being barred.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011

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