Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Sep 06, 2014
I was attracted to Dominiques because they are a heritage breed. They are a great dual purpose breed for eggs and meat. For this small homestead they work. I do get enough eggs and meat for the family but I am not drowning in surplus. I love the meat. They are not as fast growing as many other meat birds but that does not bother me. Again, this is for a family homestead and not on a commercial level.
My Dominiques have never tried to escape on their own but they also know what it means when you open the fence.
When I do sell chickens they are often mistaken for the Barred Plymouth Rocks, which can be frustrating because I really like to promote the heritage breeds and get information about them out there.
I started out with 10 and I find it is more pleasant to own a handful of these guys. They seem calmer and more productive in smaller numbers. They hardly cost me anything in feed though as they forage all day.