4.5 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 4 reviews)
I found a picture of my grandma in the 1920's with a flock of chickens. I took it to my farm store and a man identified the flock as Dominiques. I wanted to honor my grandmother since I never really knew her by getting my own flock, I ordered 15 from Cackle Hatchery in Missouri, they threw in 2 extra. all 17 survived, after 3 years I am down to only 5. I call them the Fab Five. They are all out at our county fair this week for the 4 H poultry show, my 8 year old son is using them for his poultry project. They have always been calm, friendly and good egg layers. I love when they see me carrying the feed pail, they all run down the hill to me!
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Our 1st chickens were Dominiques. Years later we have 11 breeds, but hubby's fave is the Doms. They are not as visually striking as some breeds, but are super friendly, even the roosters. They are protective of the hens even from hawks ( the hawk lost the fight and hasn't come back). We have cats, Pomeranians, German shepherds, goats etc, and nothing phases them. They are our most reliable layers even through winter in an unheated, unlit barn. 6-7 eggs per week until they were about 4 years old, now about half that. They are excellent foragers, very hardy. We are planning on getting some more to add to our breeding program. You won't be disappointed! We crossed some with our Americaunas and got our own cream-leghorn type, even seems to autosex!
Got a hatchery Dom chick which was the last one from a feed store. We wanted two as companions but it wasn't to be. She was a delightful spritely little 8 day chick who immediately bonded on the ride home. She didn't like being alone and continually chirped to us. We set her up on the computer table so she could run from her cage to our work area at will. If we left we kept conversing with her little chirps from the other rooms so she didn't panic. She slept in our arms, got on the computer mouse or keyboard to sleep until an itch would wake her up. If she wasn't eating or sleeping she was constantly preening her growing feathers. All chicks curiously come running, get bored and run off. Not her. She further explored our clothes, our hair, our eye glasses, always chirping. We knew this was a unique temperament compared to other breeds we've had. Sadly we lost her to a very sudden seizure at 19 days old - chick mortality is always a possibility - maybe because she was an end of season hatchery chick? Doms for centuries have acclimated to hardy outdoor free-range conditions and love their freedom. We're told they also adapt to roomy pens. Breeders tell us that the curious outgoing temperament of Doms continues from chicks to adulthood. Their feathers are very soft. We can't tell about laying but understand med to lrg up to 4x week. We will get more Doms. Not huge hens but adequate as layers with good feed conversion and calm temperaments.
I have two Dominiques that I got from a local farmer here in North Carolina. He buys eggs from Murry Mcmurry hatchery and then sells the chicks at 3 days old. They are great birds and my favorite breed. I recommend them to anyone.
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