Posted Sep 30, 2014
We raise chickens at the Shikata Homestead as a way of life. We have raised all sorts and we first began raising with Dominiques. We purchased them, about 2 years old, from a local farm auction. Even after having these hens through 2 years, moving more than once and through a huge chicken die-off we experienced our first year raising chickens, these hens were still laying eggs! We lost many chickens to an illness that just ravaged the flock. These Dominiques never became ill.
They were loyal layers, almost daily over 2 years old even. It was if they were never gonna die. They got old and ill eventually and we butchered the few that never gave up, we ate most all the Dominiques and they were a great soup/stew chicken. We had to boil the chicken 4 hours, at least, to be able to eat it, but it was very tasty even then. A great meat chicken and a great chicken to have to lay your eggs. We raised them free range and the did well. We had one or two go broody. They did well with other chickens too and even dogs and cats. Around people, it was if they were pets. A great all around chicken I think.