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Dominique Chicken Hatching Eggs
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| A critically
endangered old-fashioned heritage breed.
The Dominique chicks in this photo are 1 week old.
"I am very
impressed with your operation and with your concern for this breed. You
really have an insight into Dominique chickens." -Brian, Benton, Kentucky
are Calm and Friendly
support this rare breed. I raise free-range Dominique chickens to bring
them back to American homes and farms again.
Dominiques are calm, easy-going, and good with children. They are perfect
for a backyard, homestead, or small farm.
appreciate your preservation efforts for this wonderful breed. Jim's family
had them when he was a boy, and they hold a special place in his heart."
-Loree & Jim, Westminster, South Carolina
are Good Layers
Dominique hen lays about 230-275 medium-sized, brown eggs a year. Hens (pullets)
start to lay at 5-7 months depending on the time of year they hatched.
Dominiques are consistent and reliable egg layers. They have good production
that make them popular with family farmers.
"I bought some Dominiques from you last year and they have been great. We only have Dominiques (14 total now and from 4 different farms) and yours are the best. Your Dominiques are the only ones with the correct comb shape. I didn't keep the roosters that hatched and am now deeply regretting it. I am hoping to get at least one rooster out of this bunch! Thanks for tending such a healthy flock!" -Doug, Jacksonville, North
Healthy, Happy Chicks
are good books on how
to hatch eggs and lots of information on the internet about
it. Chickens take 3 weeks (21 days) to hatch.
are very curious, friendly birds. The one I'm thinking is a male is the
first to greet me and perch on my arm." -Jessica, Lucama, North Carolina
wanted to thank you for the great eggs! I had someone from the 'Dominique
Club of America' stop by to help me sex the chicks right after they hatched,
and she kept commenting on how big and healthy they looked." -Susan,
a small family farm raising a variety of heritage livestock. Our first chickens
5 years ago were a few Dominique hens. They have been by far our favorite
as we have tried many different breeds over the years. We have decided that
we would like to go back to the Dominiques as our primary laying hens."
-Catherine, Spivey's Corner, North Carolina
is a Great Experience
and parents like to hatch eggs with their children. It is a thrilling moment
when the egg hatches, and there is a little chick.
students and I are really excited to hatch the Dominique chicks in the classroom!"
-Janine, Second Grade Teacher, Raleigh, North Carolina
"I am a kindergarten teacher. I want to make sure my students experience the hatching of eggs." -Kelly, Eau Clair, Wisconsin
a great hatch this year! They were precious and the children LOVED them
so very much! Thank you!" -Terri, 3rd grade teacher in Alabama
"We had 21 Dominiques hatch out of 24. This was my first time hatching shipped eggs, and Iím very pleased with the hatch rate." -Caitlin, Galena, Maryland
|| A Broody
Hen Can Hatch Your Eggs
You can use an incubator to hatch eggs or a broody
hen can hatch them.
I do like to hear how your hatch goes.
I like getting photos of your chicks and chickens.
"I have several Dominique hens and would like to add to
my flock. I have a broody Orpington named 'Fat Penny' that I plan on putting
the eggs under." Then 3 weeks later: "Nancy, I have 5 beautiful little babies
so far. They came earlier than I expected but 'Fat Penny' has it under control!"
-Leslie, Fayetteville, Tennessee
to let you know that our hatch was a success - 25 out of 30." -Craig,
chickens your great grandparents had on their farm.
"My Great Grandmother had Dominique chickens and would tell funny stories about them when she was growing up..." -Amanda, New York
"We have a small family farm raising a variety of heritage livestock. Our first chickens 5 years ago were a few Dominique hens. We still have 2 of them left. They have been by far our favorite as we have tried many different breeds over the years. We have decided that we would like to go back to the Dominiques as our primary laying hens." -Catherine, Spivey's Corner, North Carolina
is Matthew and my family and I bought some eggs from you 21 days ago today.
I wanted to let you know that of the 12 we bought, all where fertile. They
hatched today and seem very healthy. Thanks for the enjoyable experience
hatching eggs. My daughter has loved watching them." -Matthew, NC
Post Office got the eggs this morning and I picked them up. It is like Christmas
I am so excited! Not a single one broke. I have the incubator all ready to go
and the eggs are coming to room temp before I put them in. Thank you for the shipment."
| "We got 22 chicks out of this hatching. I watched one chick fight for
thirty hours (I am not joking--thirty hours!) to get out of her shell. Every
time I spoke to her, she fought harder...so eventually, I helped her out
of her shell. She was perfectly formed, if cramped and exhausted. I kept
her in the incubator overnight. This morning, she was all uncurled and walking
around, so I put her out in the brooder with the others, and she's doing
fine. I've never seen such hardy chicks, seriously, and we had a *lot* of
chickens when I was a kid." -Dawn, TN |
"We candled the eggs, and it appears that all have babies in them." -Carmen, New York
to incubate eggs.
"I have had eggs shipped to me before but never
like you did. Their packaging was thoughtful. Plus fantastic tips. I couldn't
be more pleased :) " -Gabriella, Bartow, Florida
"I received the Dominique eggs today. None were broken and the box was in good condition. I'll let you know how the hatch goes and send some pics. Thanks again!" -Tiffany, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"I just candled the 18 Dominique and Bantam chicken eggs you sent me (day 12 of incubation), and 17 were fertile and developing just fine. That's amazing for shipped eggs (or
otherwise)! I will send you pics of the hatch." -Doug, Jacksonville, North Carolina
You can see the tip of his beak.
They incubate for 21 days at about 100 degrees and then hatch.
Then they are put under a heat lamp (brooding) until about 3 weeks old.
Dominique chicks just after they hatched.
"I just wanted to send you a big thanks for the
Dom eggs. They came this afternoon and not one broken or cracked. I was
Then 1 week later: "Hi Nancy, I candled the eggs today and happy to see
15 of the 16 you sent are alive (one not sure of, looks alive but I couldn't
see the baby). This is after my turner did not work and having to hand turn
them. Thanks again so much. Crossing fingers for the next two weeks."
-Helen, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
of just hatched Dominique chick.
"Your chickens are beautiful. I can't wait to hatch
them. They will have a great life in my backyard free ranging to their hearts'
delight." -Tiffany, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
chicks. Photo from Dolly in Magnolia, Mississippi.
"Your eggs are the best we have ever had shipped."
chicks sleeping. Photo from Dug in Iowa.
"I had 4 chicks hatch within 12 hours, then 20
hours later I got a bonus late arrival, so 5 of 7. This is my 2nd hatch
with this incubator. The first was my own chicken's eggs and I also got
5 of 7. They are all doing well and are super friendly." -Dug, Mingo,
a 4-day-old Dominique chick looking right at you.
"I ordered Dominique hatching eggs from you 3 weeks
ago. They all survived the shipping and were 100% fertile. Thank you so
much for the beautiful eggs you sent. Despite my incubating experience,
they are now hatching and are doing wonderfully. :) The Dominiques are 100%
hatch rate (8 out of 8). A great hatch rate considering they were shipped
eggs. The chicks are adorable!" -Jimmie, Spring Hill, Florida
|| These chicks
are 4 days old.
|| These are
1 week old. I love their fluffy rear ends.
|| These are
Dominique chicks, 2 weeks old.
|| These are
Dominique chicks, maybe 3 weeks old.
A pullet on the left, and cockerel on the right. Males have lighter feathers
and feet/legs than females.
|| Here are
some juvenile or adolescent hens roosting. They are not full grown yet.
|| 2 Dominique
we hatched are now my favorite chickens. We've had Red Dorkings for years
but I think I'm going to stop keeping them. I like the demeanor of the Dominiques
a lot better." -Scott, Kearneysville, West Virginia
hen in comfrey and stinging nettle. There is another hen behind her.|
"I just wanted to let you know that I received
the package with the seeds, comfrey roots, and eggs. All arrived in good
condition. Thank you so much." -Kara, Glen Arm, Maryland
|| Alpha Dominique
rooster in comfrey and stinging nettle.
Chickens are Intelligent
Chickens have sophisticated
social behavior including favorite chickens (friends). From my own experience
I have seen hens and their female chicks hang out together for years.
have stable social groups (cliques). They can identify each other so well that
they are able to recognize over 100 different birds in their flock. And all of
these birds are part of a definite pecking order that they remember.
scientists have discovered 30 different chicken vocalizations where they "talk"
to each other. They have long-term memory and even think about the future!
From these scientific sources:
1. Rogers LJ, "The Development of Brain and
Behaviour in the Chicken", Wallingford, Oxon, UK: CABI Publishing, 1995, p. 217.
2. Dr. Joy Mench, Professor of Animal Science at University of California at Davis,
in "The New Yorker", April 14, 2003, p. 64.
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