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Dominique Chickens- America's Oldest Breed
Dominique or Pilgrim Fowl were popular in Colonial times. They almost became extinct in the 1970s and are still considered an endangered species. They are a dual-purpose bird, good for eggs or meat.
The Dominique is a medium-sized black and white barred bird. The tightly arranged feathers and low rose comb make this breed more resistant to frostbite than most other poultry. Dominiques also adapt well to hot and humid climates. They do well on pasture or in confinement, and are calm and easy to work with.
Dominique's hatch well, feather early, and mature young. Cocks weigh about 7 pounds; cockerels (young cocks) weigh 6 pounds; hens weigh around 5 pounds; and pullets (young hens) weigh 4 pounds.
The hens are good mothers, good layers of light to dark brown eggs, and are somewhat broody. Dominiques are good meat birds. They are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
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Bantam Dominique Chickens
Bantam Dominiques are a small version (miniature) of the standard-size Dominique chicken.
Bantam Dominique hens weigh 24 ounces (1.5 pounds). Standard Dominique hens weigh 5 to 6.5 pounds.
Bantam Dominique roosters weigh 28 ounces (1.75 pounds). Standard Dominique roosters weigh 7 to 8 pounds.
Almost everything true about the standard-size Dominiques is true about Bantam Dominiques. One important difference is that Bantam Dominiques are broodier than the standards.
In this photo the Bantam Dominique is on the left. A standard (regular size) Dominique is on the right.
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Bantam Chickens- Various Breeds
Banty chickens are much smaller than regular or standard size chickens.
Most large breeds of chicken have a Bantam counterpart or miniature. They are one-fifth to one-quarter the size of the standard breed. However, they do have all of the standard breed's characteristics such as color and comb type.
Bantam eggs are one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. They are very cute.
Bantam hens are superb at hatching and brooding eggs. They are very good, protective mothers. The roosters are usually more aggressive than standard size roosters. And it is not uncommon for a Bantam rooster to intimidate a large rooster.
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Cream Brabanter Chickens- Distinctive, Fun
Cream Brabanter chickens are a critically endangered Dutch breed that goes back to the 1500s.
They have a tuft (crest) on their head that looks like a Mohawk haircut. They have a beard and muff around their neck. They have a V-shaped comb. You can see it on the rooster to the left. Wild looking. Fun for kids.
Hens lay 150-200 large white eggs a year. They are good foragers.
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Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam Chickens
Old English Game Bantams are very popular at poultry shows. It is the largest class of breeds at shows. Class sizes are usually over 300 birds at medium-sized shows. Their official purpose is defined as "ornamental exhibition".
These birds are great for farms and backyard farmers. They do well in confinement or free range. They are good foragers. They are hardy and handle cold/heat very well.
Game chickens are more like their wild ancestor, the Red Jungle Fowl, than are most domestic chickens.
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Easter Egger Bantam Chickens
Easter Egg chickens lay colored eggs: either blue or green. Kids love these eggs.
Bantam Easter Egger hens are very broody. Hens do an excellent job of hatching eggs and taking care of their chicks. Every chick looks different so it is easy to tell them apart.
Adult hens weigh 26 ounces (1.625 pounds). Adult roosters weigh 30 ounces (1.875 pounds).
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