chicken is a medium-sized, black- and white-barred, cuckoo-patterned bird.
The pattern is called barring or hawk coloring. It makes the Dominique less
visible to predators.
Plymouth Rock, Barred Rock or Barred Plymouth Rock chickens look similar
to Dominiques. Dominiques have staggered barring whereas Barred Rocks have
crisp, parallel barring.
This photo is a hen eating comfrey. Then a photo of a hawk.
colors are almost white (silver) and almost black whereas Barred Rocks are
pure white and black.
The white stripes on Dominiques are wider than the
black stripes. Whereas in Barred Rocks the two are the same width.
The photo to the far left is Barred Plymouth Rock feathers. The photo to
the right of it is Dominique feathers.
of Dominiques & Barred Rocks
fowl have a rose comb with a short upward curving spike. Barred Rocks have
a single comb. A rose comb is less likely to get frostbite in winter.
Dominiques are smaller than Barred Rocks. Dominique roosters weigh 7-8 pounds;
Barred Rock roosters weigh 7.5-9.5 pounds.
The photo to the left is a Dominique rooster. The photo right/top is a Barred
of a Rooster
have angular, erect bodies. They look stately. Barred Rocks are less upright
with a fuller body and neck.
Dominiques have long tails that are carried up high. They are full and flowing
with long sickle feathers. The sickle feathers are wider than Barred Rocks.
Barred Rocks have a lower tail with shorter feathers.
tightly arranged feathers (heavy plumage) keep the birds warm in winter.
Their soft feathers also provide luxurious stuffing for pillows, comforters,
Dominiques carry their heads high up on well-arched, graceful necks. Their
body is broad and full with long and full tail feathers that are held the
highest of the American breeds.
Their legs and feet are yellow. Their beaks are short and stout.
There is a Bantam version of this breed.
This photo is a 7-month-old Dominique rooster.
hens weigh 5 to 6.5 pounds compared to 6 to 7.5 pounds for Barred Rock hens.
Dominique hens have a dish-shaped back whereas Barred Rock hens have an
evenly sloping back. Dominique hens have a longer neck and back so are more
refined looking than Barred Rocks.
Some old-time breeders feel that darker breeds of birds stay warmer in winter than lighter-colored breeds.
This photo is a Dominique hen taking a stroll in light snow.
"I was really happy to find your site as I did not want to buy from a big
hatchery. I have found the Dominique to be a really gentle breed so much
nicer than the Rhode Island Reds I had previously. I love the fact that
they are the first American breed and worth preserving." -Ailish, Dighton,
"Thank you so much, i am very pleased with my chicks and hatch:) your tips help tremendously, and i have recommended my friends to you as well:)" -Gabriella, Bartow, Florida
This photo of a Dominique rooster was taken in 1919.
"Just wanted to tell you what fun I am having with the new Dominique girls. Sassy is acting like a lap cat. She actually lays down in my lap and goes to sleep. My other girls that are friendly like to be held and rubbed on their heads for a short time, but actually laying down and konking out from the head rubs for 20 minutes is a first for me. I was the one that had to wake her up and put her down! The other two hens are super friendly also and love affection. This breed of chicken is just awesome!" -Lori, Chesterfield, Virginia
This photo of a Dominique hen was taken in 1919.
The photo to the left is a 7-week-old cockerel.
The photo at the right/top is a 4-week-old cockerel.
The photo at the right/bottom is a 10- to 12-week-old cockerel.
to the left is a pullet about 3 weeks old.
To the right a pullet 4 weeks old.
The color is a little off in the photo to the right since it was shot in a barn.
Cockerel and Pullet|
cockerel is on the left, the pullet on the right. You can see the pullet
is darker. They are 7 weeks old.
photo to the left is a 1-week-old chick.
The photo to the right are 2-week-old chicks. You can see less down and
more feathers in the older group.
chicks are sex linked, meaning the males and females look different
A cockerel chick has a light and scattered spot of white/yellow on
top of the head.
Pullet chicks have a spot that is more compact, solid and small.
The shanks and feet of a pullet chick are darker and more shadowed.
times to the early 1900s, their feathers were used to stuff mattresses and
The photo to the left is feathers of Dominique hens.
The photo to the right is Dominique rooster tail feathers.
for Meat and Eggs|
are a dual-purpose breed (meat and eggs), but are mostly kept for being
good egg producers. Their eggs are flavorful.
Pullets start laying at about 6 months
old. Hens average 230-275 small- to medium-sized brown eggs per year. The eggs
vary a little in the shade of brown.
Dominiques are great birds for backyard poultry flocks and homesteaders.
A wonderful American chicken.
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