question about DOMINIQUES for meat


10 Years
Jul 14, 2009
Stark County, NE Ohio
Has anyone ever raised this breed for meat. They are a rare breed dual purpose chicken. I was told to wait until 6 mos. to process for ideal weight. Is this true? If I need to wait 6 mos. they must be sloww growing, so what should I feed them. I have never had this breed and 8 dominique rooosters were my packing bubbles for my Chanteclers. Anyway, they are mean little boogers and I don't need 8 mean roosters. Are they noisy, probably, with my luck!
I have some dominique X sussex that I hatched out and am using the roos as meat, they are not speed demons but they seem to be growing at a decent clip, I am switching them over to turkey starter this afternoon, and I expect to see a little increase from that, and it cant hurt that we are finally getting some cool weather instead of 100 degrees, my dominiques are not mean or noisy??
I have several Dominiques I hatched out with a large number of chicks of other breeds (53 chicks total). In that hatch, I also had Light Brahmas, Speckled Sussex, and Barnevlders. Currently the are 14 weeks old. Of the four breeds, the Dominiques appear to be the largest. I haven't really examined them to see if it's their feathering that is making them look bigger or if they are meatier than the others. I got the Dominques as bonus eggs when I bought the Barnies, I didn't even know I was getting them until I opened the box, so I had no intentions of using them as meet birds. As I've noticed their quicker growth compared to the others, I was starting to consider them as a possible meat bird. But like I said, it could be their feathers that are making them look bigger. I will have a few extra roos, and I am going to butcher them in 6 weeks (my meaties will be ready then) and see how they dress out. If they dress out decent, I may use them as meat birds in the future.

I'm pretty sure the early pioneers of America had Dominiques w/ them as they crossed the Mississippi and headed West. They lay a decent amount of eggs and they used them for meat when they needed it. It will be intersting to see how big they get by 20 weeks. I'd also be interested to hear from people who have raised and butchered them.
I have two dominiques that seem to be more docile. I sure hope to have a pullet or two. That would be great. I hear the pullets are very gentle. We have held them since they came here and some still peck us as we hold them. The Chanteclers they came with are real sweet and the dominiques terrorize them. Funny to see such a difference in the breeds.

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