The Dominique is a “heritage” bird because it is considered America’s oldest breed of chicken. It is believed that this breed was developed as early as 1750 and came to northeast North America with the European settlers. Dominique hens tend to be calm and personable. Their calm, steady demeanor makes them successful as show birds as well as family pets. Dominiques are very adaptable to both hot and cold climates. At first glance, Dominiques and Barred Rocks appear very similar. The most significant difference is that the Dominiques possess a rose comb while Barred Rocks possess a single comb. Mature adults weigh five to six pounds, and hens lay approximately 245 medium brown eggs a year. Adults have black and white barred (also known as cuckoo) plumage. Dominique chicks have black down feathers with yellow on their heads, wings, and underbellies. They also have yellow around their eyes and dark-colored beaks and legs.

Temperament Weight Eggs per Year Egg Size Egg Color Cold Hardy Heat Hardy
Docile, Calm, Friendly 5-6 lbs. 245 Medium Brown Yes Yes
Temperament Docile, Calm, Friendly
Weight 5-6 lbs.
Eggs per Year 245
Egg Size Medium
Egg Color Brown
Cold Hardy Yes
Heat Hardy Yes