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Dominique Chickens

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 @ 11:04 AM Karen Hood

The Dominique, also known as Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl, is considered America’s oldest breed of chicken, probably descending from chickens brought to New England from southern England during colonial times. By the 19th century, they were widely popular and were raised in many parts of the country. Dominiques are a dual purpose breed, being valued for their meat as well as for their brown eggs.

At first glance, Dominiques and Barred Rocks appear strikingly similar, often leading to confusion when discerning a particular breed. The strongest indicators are the Comb, Plumage, and Colour. Dominiques possess a rose comb while Barred Rocks possess a single comb. This is generally the most obvious difference. Dominiques also exhibit staggered barring in their plumage, lending to a somewhat mottled appearance. Barred Rocks exhibit crisp, parallel barring. In addition, Dominiques exhibit a softer contrast of “not quite black on not quite white”, while Barred Rocks exhibit a high-contrast black-on-white color.

The Dominique chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.

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