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Dominique Chickens Also Known As Dominicker

January 31st, 2011 at 14:55

Dominique Chickens Have A Very Hardy Constitution

Dominique Chickens Background & Appearance.

dominique chicken dominicker pilgrim fowl pictureThe Dominique (which is also referred to as the Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl) was once the most common backyard chicken in America. It is also regarded as the oldest breed of chicken in America and probably descended from chickens brought in during the colonial era.

The main reasons for this chickens breed popularity was the chooks possess a very hardy constitution along with their heavy plumage giving them excellent protection during bad winters. This breed weighs in on average at 7lb at maturity.

The barred feathering also gives them excellent camouflage when foraging in shady areas, making them practically invisible from predators.

The barred feathering is irregular stripes of black and white feathers, with the light bar being wider than the dark bar. The cocks are generally lighter in colour than the hens.

When the rose comb is viewed from the top, it starts rounded at the front before flaring away at the sides, then rounding back to the spike. Some Barred Rock chickens are mistaken for Dominiques, but the main difference is the dominiques rose comb compared to the barred rocks single comb.

Dominique Chickens And Egg Laying.

Dominiques start egg producing at around 6 months of age. The eggs are medium to large sized and light brown in colour. The hens tend to be good mothers brooding and raising chicks with a good success rate.

The hens are not the most prolific layers, but you should expect to get 2 – 3 eggs per week from your girls.

Caring For Dominiques.

The hens tend to be docile with a calm and nurturing character, which obviously makes the bird great for those who are keeping pet chickens. But think twice before getting a rooster as they tend to be very aggresive to other birds as well as pet cats.

This hen doesn’t mind being confined to a run, but is equally happy foraging free range. No extroadinary special care is required for this breed as they are generally a hardy and fit bird.

Once A Endangered Breed The Dominique Chicken Is Becoming More Popular And Will Make A Pleasant Egg Producing Companion…

Here’s a happy flock of Dominiques being fed titbits in the following video:

 

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