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    Dominique, more popular as Dominicker, is considered as the oldest breed of chicken in America. From South England, it was brought to New England during the Colonial era, becoming popular during the 19th century. It has been widely raised in different parts of America because of its valuable meat and brown egg. The Dominique, which is also known as Pilgrim Fowl, can gain weight as much as eight pounds when it has already reached its maturity stage.

    In six months, Dominiques can already produce egg. It is an ideal breed for egg production because of its calm trait. This breed is also known for its “motherly” character which earns them more success in raising chicks compared to other breeds. It also has a relatively faster cycle of maturity.

    When another breed of chicken was modified from them, Dominiques started dropping off in attendance. Because of its rarity, people shifted to a new breed called Plymouth Rock. This led to an “almost extinction” of Dominiques during the 1950’s. Currently, the American Livestock Breed Conservancy categorized this breed under the “Watch” list category.

Recent Reviews

  1. Sylvester017
    Pros - Sweet chick, active, constantly chirps softly to you, very sweet trilling voice, busy forager makes other breeds look lazy
    Cons - The black-gray-white barring can look boring compared to more colorful breeds but is good for free-range camouflage
    We researched good temperament brown egg breeds to get one under 5 lbs to integrate into our under-5-lb flock and Dominique fit the ticket. I was informed that Dom chicks were unafraid and outgoing toward humans and experienced it with one of our own. All chicks are cute and sweet because they are babies and are always looking for a handout, come running to see what you have for them, but quickly get bored and run off again. But our Dom went a step further to curiously inspect our fingers, our sleeves, our eyeglasses, our hair, jump around our hands, arms, and shoulders, hop onto our warm computer for a 2-second nap, while softly chirping to us as we talked to her. Her bond with us was instantaneous from the feed store to our home. We were told she was 8 days old and she was the stores last Dom chick and the season was over for ordering more chicks. She was panicked to be separated from her store cage but was quickly pacified to be stroked and softly talked to on the ride home. She always chirped a soft reply whenever we talked to her. She was distressed if we left her alone and had to keep talking to her from the other rooms so she could softly and happily keep conversation going from a distance! It was fun watching her groom her juvenile feathers growing on her wings and tail! Sadly, our sweet chick suffered a violent seizure and quickly passed just 9 days after we acquired her. Such unexpected things happen with chicks but we were especially devastated to lose her so suddenly. Do not know if it was a fluke since Doms are a hardy breed and maybe being a hatchery chick late in the season was an issue? In any event, in future we will definitely go with another Dom when it comes time to add to the flock again. We hesitated about going with a chick again but talked with Dom breeders who assured us that Doms sweet personalities are constant within the breed from chicks into adulthood. We love Leghorns for numerous reasons and always will, and our APA Ameraucana is a sweet goofy girl, and the Silkies are adorable clowns, but our one little Dom chick experience forever left us with a deep loving respect for her and her breed!
  2. VIVI
    "The Dominique is as American as apple pie...."
    Pros - The American Dominique is the oldest American breed of fowl. Therefore we fellow Americans can take great pride in specifying, American Dominique when referring to this grand breed.
    Cons - Can be flighty if not handled at a young age.
    Dominique are not to be confused with Barred rocks. Dominique's have a rose comb and slimmer body type, are cuckoo. Barred rocks are barred, heaver, single comb.
  3. ChickenMansion
    "America's first chicken, heritage breed, bring..."
    Pros - Personality, bird with a soul.
    Cons - Rare breed, limited numbers. Often confused with Barred Rocks (not the same)
    The heritage breed, brown eggs, this in America's oldest breed. This bird emerged during colonial time. It is believed to have come from south England to the New World. I love this breed, I have Silkies, Rhode Reds, Wydottes, Marans, Easter Eggers...THIS IS MY FAVORITE! This breed has always been the first to make eye contact, talk to me and crawl into my lap. I have owned more than one hen at various times, raising them from chicks. I can not say anything bad about this breed. Consistant egg layer that has a sweet nature. The only con's: this breed was almost ate into distruction and lost it's grace in early america when white leghorn became popluar for production. Distinction: this breed is often confused with a Barred Rock hen at first glance, they are not the same. Dominiques are set apart by a rose shape comb, as opposed to a single comb of the barred rock. Beautiful brown eggs. A must add to your flock, that deserves the respect of it's rich history.


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