Dominique or Barred Rock???

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

  1. cairopd1069

    cairopd1069 Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

    Dominique:
    Rose comb
    Pinkish legs
     
  4. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
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  5. cairopd1069

    cairopd1069 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the responses. I have decided I have Barred Rocks.
     
  6. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, I have (had actually, my BR died recently) both. The combs are the tell.

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

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    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)

    [​IMG]
     
  7. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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!
     
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  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    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.
     
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