Dominique Chickens are known as one of the first breeds of chickens established in the United States. The name may have come from an early breed of chicken originating in Saint-Domingue, present day Haiti. Poultry lovers have been working in recent years to increase numbers of this breed, which had nearly become extinct. They are tolerant of both hot and cold climates, making them an ideal flock addition for all parts of the United States.
Dominiques are a sustainable heritage breed and lay more than 180 medium sized brown eggs per year. They have rose combs and are great foragers. Their black and white barring help provide cover while foraging. Both male and female Dominiques have yellow legs, but often, some may have a dusky color on the front of the shanks. Dominiques are often called Dominickers.