American Dominique Chickens

Information about our American Dominiques will go here.

We are proud supporters of America’s first breed of chicken. My business partner and I have worked with the Dominiques for a few years now under the name Chicks Run Afowl. I still consider the Dominiques to be a part of that venture but will be adding information to this farm’s page as well to provide information on the breed and our breeding program.

Dominique Rooster

Business partner Rhonda tempting one of our Dominique roosters, “Sundance” (#157)

The Dominiques are such a majestic bird and you can really only appreciate their beauty in person. I was not excited about cuckoo coloring when I first decided to chose this breed – I picked them from a MMcM catalog because they were listed as excellent foragers, good mothers and good meat and egg producers. This sounded ideal for our hopes of a more sustainable lifestyle, and I fell in love with the breed from there. What a journey these birds have taken me on, and we’re still going strong! I love now being active in the breed club, showing them, breeding them and keeping track of records to improve the breed.

They are an EXCELLENT backyard/sustainable flock, good natured but alert to predators and very smart. The hens are good mothers and we have several hens in the flock go broody each season, giving ample opportunity for natural incubation without all the hens being broody and no one laying!

We keep and raise up many extra cockerels each season and Rhonda and I both usually have freezers full of not just old stew hens but delicious young cockerel as well. No, they don’t grow jumbo in eight weeks like the Cornish Cross. But those Cornish X birds – I almost feel like I’m doing them a favor putting them down. It is sad to see a chicken bred to be so un-chicken-like. The Dominiques are interested in their world, eat bugs and grass and anything else they can get in their beak. This makes them very economical in a family with kitchen scraps or pasture area for them to forage in.

As far as egg laying, the little Dominicker hen will prove to be worth her weight in gold to someone seeking year-round egg productions. They mature faster than any of the other heritage breeds, so they start laying sooner and are also a smaller bird than any other American breed and thus require less feed. The little Dominique hens will lay all winter long beautiful pink-brown eggs.

They are healthy birds, do good in free range or confinement. Any decent bloodline of Dominiques should have outstanding fertility and egg hatchability, good vigorous chicks and healthy adults that build strong immune systems early. Because they are a rather fast feathering breed, Dominique chicks can also be put out earlier than other heritage breeds, meaning less management time in the brooder and more time out in the big coop – where there is less work and chick dust for the poultryman!

Just a great bird easy to keep and enjoy – no wonder our forefathers liked them so much!!!

 

American Dominique Availability

We are still working on our flock being more consistent to breed standard. We have had some beautiful individuals but it is still a true project flock and so we don’t want to sell eggs or chicks as breeders at this point. We sometimes have started birds available to those wanting breeding/show animals, so feel free to contact.

We do sell started laying pullets, chicks, eggs, and meat cockerels for backyard flocks almost year round. Please contact if you would like a sampling of what this great breed can do in your backyard!

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3 thoughts on “American Dominique Chickens”

  1. A web search for dominiques led me to your site and I have to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I read every word of every page. We, too, raise chickens, quail and rabbits so I found each of your projects very interesting. I would like to see more pictures (lots more) and I plan to put your site into my favorites and revisit you soon. Til then, happy hatching!

  2. Tammy Steward said:

    very informative! how old are they when they start laying eggs and do you feed them special feed to start them laying

    • They will start laying 16-20wks, usually right in the middle. And no, no specialty feed though we do offer oyster shell for calcium free choice. It is especially important in the earlier maturing breeds (many of our pullets start at 16wks at this time they’re still fairly young!). They don’t have enough Ca stored in their bones at that point to be putting out many egg shells, and grower feeds usually only have about 1% Ca while a laying hen needs about 3-4%.

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