The Dominique breed has a vague history. It is believed that they were developed in England and came to America with the pilgrims sometime during the colonization of America. They are known for being Americas 1st breed and are commonly referred to as “Dominikers”. Dominique chickens were admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1874.
The popularity of this breed has been a roller coaster over the years. They were the most popular breed in America until the mid 19th century. They survived the Great Depression of the 1930s most likely due to their ability to self sustain. It was at this point in history where this bird almost became extinct because the popularity switched to the Barred Rock. In 1970 there were only 4 known flocks that were owned by Henry Miller, Edward Uber, Robert Henderson, and Carl Gallaher. These men agreed to participate in breed rescue and from 1983-2006 the popularity of the Dominique has steadily increased to the point where currently they are only on The Livestock Conservancy watch list. However, in 2007 a study found that the popularity was beginning to decrease again, most likely due to older breeders not being involved in the process.
The Dominique chicken has a beautiful tight plumage that aids them in the winter so that they do not become frostbite. The pattern of their plumage is also known as hawk coloring making them a great predator resistant bird for the family who would like to let their birds’ free-range. The Dominique chicken is also an easy bird to show, which makes it a great choice for your FFA or 4-H student. The Dominique chicken produces so many feathers that some people use them to make pillows or featherbeds.
If you are looking for an excellent dual-purpose bird then the Dominique is the bird for you. They grow to nice size weight and are dependable, hardy layers even in marginal weather. This chicken is an excellent forager and very easy to care for. The hens are also known for being broody, for the family who would like to have the experience of hatching eggs. Although they are very cold hardy, the Dominique chicken adapts well to hot and humid climates too.
The Dominique chicken is known for its docile temperament. The hens are very gentle but the roosters are sometimes known for being aggressive toward other roosters and even humans. Some people say that the roosters have even killed small rodents and snakes. For the most part, however, the Dominique is a calm bird that would make a great family backyard chicken.
|Egg Color||Brown||Hardiness||Very Cold Hardy|
|Egg Production||Good||Hen Weight||7 lbs|
|Personality||Calm and Gentle||Rooster Weight||8 lbs|
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