Other common names: Dominicker; Dominecker; Pilgrim Fowl
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
Dominiques Dominate our Barn
Dominiques dominate our barn because they are one of our favorite chicken breeds! They are the sweetest and calmest chickens we raise. For a time, they were considered a threatened breed, but fanciers are working hard to keep them from going extinct. Stacy, our hen, loves to sit on my lap and sing sweet songs by cooing to me. Yup, a great lap chicken and pet that produces lovely brown eggs throughout the entire year. .
From annieanalaigh Jan 9 2019 7:02PM
I Always Say "Yes" To Marek's Vaccinations
I order my chicks from the same hatchery every year, and when I was a newbie, I had no idea what Marek's disease was. So, when I was prompted at checkout to chose to vaccinate my chicks against Marek's Disease, I had a lot of research to do. After seeing numerous photos of chicks with Mareks, I made the decision to vaccinate all of my new chicks against this disease. I have never had a single chick contract the disease in my 15+ years of raising chickens. The hatchery does it for me, and it is a small fee per chick. Since the disease is extremely contagious, I opt for the vaccine to protect my entire flock. No regrets!.
From annieanalaigh 132 days ago
Pretty, But Not Practical
Being from the south, we call these beauties "Domineckers", and they are a staple of the southern chicken yard. It took me two tries to get my first half dozen. The first time, the poultry farm delivered Barred Rocks, which look almost the same. I might have kept those, but he delivered 15 and charged me a lot more than the price agreed per chicken. So loaded up 15 Barred Rocks in a little,bitty Toyota Celica, returned them, and bought my Dominiques from his competition.
Because I thought I had to have them. Every self-respecting chicken person in my family for generations had a Dominecker or 12.
In retrospect, maybe I should have kept the Barred Rocks. Of the many chicken breeds I owned, the Dominiques were the most likely to peck for no reason. One "hen" turned out to not be a hen at all, and as far as roosters go, this one was pretty angsty.
The hens were okay at egg laying, but not exceptional like the leghorns. The eggs are also smaller and it takes the hens forever to mature.
On the good side, they were great at fending for themselves, and ate very little feed because they preferred berries, bugs, weeds, and even snakes and worms. They tolerated heat and cold well, but were hard to train to go into the coop at night. Once they got their minds set on roosting in the trees, it was hard to manage them.
They aren't really a bad breed, but they are a little more work for what you get back. Their biggest asset is their attractive plumage and the richness of the eggs. They do make good meat birds though. For some reason, it seemed like they were easier to pluck than other chickens..
From JKinsey Mar 7 2014 2:35PM