Dominique Thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Dixiedoodle, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    The term "dunghill" has meaning that varies with context like so many words in our language.

    1) With gamefowl it can can be as Chris indicates, a form of slander / insult or when based on true assessment and indication of breeding not directed by breeder. Gameness may or may not be truelly degraded.

    2) With barnyard breeding it could also mean the mixed barnyard flock that is not managed through selection.

    3) With barnyard management (which can also apply to games) it can imply chickens get most of their eats from spillage and coprophagy which on most oldtime farms like I grew up on, the chickens where an important mechanism for recycling grains that would otherwise go to rodents and spatzies.

    Our best walks were of option 3 which gave the most and best harvestable birds without all the headaches of pen breeding in the cockyard. We did both. It is perfomance under these conditions that so many people look to as measures of free-range performance. Many breeds regarded as good free rangers may have been developed under such conditions. At at this point after so much controlled or dunghill breeding with formulated feeds as mainstay, the free ranging reputation of such breeds is little more than reputation. I am afraid this is the reality of most of our American Dominques existing today.

    I expect my American Dominiques to function as part of option 3 in a diversified operation where they will have scratch up most of their own grub and be able to persist without medication. I have some work to do on what is in my hands. They look good for purposes of SOP but must be babied.
     
  2. NYREDS

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  3. ScienceTchr

    ScienceTchr In the Brooder

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    Hello all! I'm glad I found this thread. We have 4 Dominiques in our flock and we love them. They are such lovely girls, we got them as pullets from a woman downstate (in the Scarborough area) 2 years ago and we are looking to add a Dominique rooster to our flock so I am currently on the hunt. Our flock also has a chicken mutt, and this fall when they are fully grown we're adding 4 EE (my daughters special request).

    If all else fails I think I will get some hatching eggs and hatch out more Dominiques for our flock next year.

    Here are our big girls out foraging -- in the front you see Perdita the chicken mutt and then the 4 Dominique girls in the back. The EE's are still in our grow out mobile coop, they aren't big enough yet to join the laying flock.

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  4. Cindlady

    Cindlady Songster

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    I have a question,.... but first.... A couple of months ago I bought 3 Dom chicks. 2 are pullets but the third is turning into a very handsome very light roo. (sorry, no recent pics yet)
    My question is, are lighter colors more valued than dark? Or the darker more so? I already have 3 "spicial purpose" roos and didn't plan on breeding Doms, however they do come from show stock. I don't have room for for too many roos. Think I should sell him? Breed him a few times and sell the chicks? Send him to freezer camp? Any other ideas?

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  5. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Songster

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    Hi ScienceTchr,

    I live in NH, I've found a couple of Dominique breeders around here so I bet you might find some local to you, too. Also you could try joining the Dominique Club of America, they have a members breeding list and several of them will ship eggs. I'm still just getting started with Doms myself, had my first hatch this year. Such fun, gotta love them!

    Amy
     
  6. DraigAthar

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    As I understand it, lighter roos are good for breeding to keep the overall coloring of your flock from trending too dark. But roos are always much lighter than hens, as the barring is sex linked. Still, you have to consider other aspects of the feathers - are the bars distinct and properly offset? Are the feathers of an appropriate width? Not to mention I've read that if you are trying to breed a flock up to the standard, you're better off focusing on major things like back shape, tail, head and comb, and solve color problems after you get the frame looking good.

    But I'm still learning, so take what I say with a grain of salt!

    Amy
     
  7. NYREDS

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    Type [all aspects of shape/size] should always come first. A common' & easily understood mistake that beginning breeders often make is to focus on colour while paying no attention to type. The old saying regarding this holds true: "build the barn before you paint it".
    In Dominiques, as in Barred Rocks, the males are lighter than the females. A rule of thumb is males 2/3 white, 1/3 black: females 2/3 black, 1/3 white.
     
  8. Yellow House Farm

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    Greetings! We are currently raising out 30 of NYREDS Dominiques, hatched from shipping eggs, which, by the way Bill, are growing out excellently. Still young but feathering smoothly and evenly, with a calmer disposition. They certainly remind me more of Dorking chicks than Ancona or OE Game chicks.

    I'll have a cockerel for you in the fall, if you'd like, provided you don't mind driving down to Barrington, NH. We're about 30 mintues west of Kittery or rather 25 mintues from Lebanon, whichever is a better reference for you.

    Cheers,

    Joseph
     
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  9. DraigAthar

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    Oooh! I don't suppose you'd have more than one cockerel available? Because I might like one, too. :)

    Amy
     
  10. ScienceTchr

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    Yes please! I'm in Sebec, Me and we can always use a trip down that way (especially to hit up Trader Joes in Portland). Thank you Thank you!

    I will send you a PM.
     
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