Dominique Chicken

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Other common names: Dominicker; Dominecker; Pilgrim Fowl

The basics:
The Dominique Chicken played an important role in U.S. history as one of the first chickens to be kept by colonial Americans. During the early to mid 1800’s the Dominique was the most popular chicken in the U.S.. However, with the introduction of newer, more productive chicken breeds the Dominique declined in numbers, and today is kept in relatively small numbers by heritage breeders. There is also a smaller Dominique Bantam chicken breed.

In 1849, the rose comb barred chickens became recognized under the name "Dominique". In the mid-1870’s the American Poultry Association reclassified single comb Dominique chickens as a Barred Plymouth Rocks chickens and today, Dominique chickens must be rose combed. The name "Dominique" is often corrupted, and the breed is frequently referred to as the "Dominicker" or "Dominecker" instead.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Rosecomb): Barred
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 24 - 28 oz
Largefowl: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Mild mannered
Broody: Yes, usually after their first year
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large


mellow disposition, cold weather, excellent meat, Heritage Breed, excellent forager, Dual purpose breed


mitelice infestation, irregular layer


excellent homestead, ALBC Conservation Priority, Pilgrim fowl, colonial times, speckled bird

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Dominique Chicken

From JKinsey Mar 7 2014 2:35PM


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