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Looking for Dominiques
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Paul Spencer    Posted 03-26-2002 at 13:59:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I live in upstate New York near the
Mass and Conn borders (on the edge of the
Berkshires). We're going to take the chicken
plunge and we'd like to start with a very small
flock (6-10) of Dominques. We've been
thinking it might be easier to start with pullets
or maybe just started chicks but we're open to
suggestions. My main question is, does
anyone know of a Dom breeder within two
hours drive of us?

-Paul Spencer
Ancramdale, NY

Tom A    Posted 03-27-2002 at 02:36:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Clearview Hatchery in Gratz, Penssylvania. Phone is 717-365-3234. Small place so let the phone ring if nobody picks up right away. May not be a 2 hour drive from upstate NY, but they're good folks to deal with.

We've gotten our Dominiques from them for a number of years. They'll ship as few as 15; imagine you can pick up any number you want. Very good stock--ours out-produce (eggs) any of the modern breeds, feed off the land most of the year, and they'll fend off hawks and cats without problem. Our 3+ year olds are still laying.

My smarter half says 6 isn't enough, by the way...but then she's crazy about them.

Good luck,

Les...sorry, off topic response    Posted 03-26-2002 at 17:42:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never heard of that breed of chicken.
Was wondering if you were anywhere near the (former)Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival. I know it now has a new name which escapes me at the moment.

Judy in IN    Posted 03-26-2002 at 20:47:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Phil, if you can't find Dominiques close to you, you can have them shipped. Have you been to yet? I bought Dominique eggs there this spring. With the ice on the ground, they are residing in a playpen in the dining room until tomorrow. Come on Spring!

Paul Spencer    Posted 03-27-2002 at 05:06:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you Judy...I checked out eggbay once
but didn't see Doms, also we were hoping to
get birds a little further along, we're worried
about cats and temperature and the fact that
we may be away for a couple days at a time. I
don't know though, we may end up with chicks
because that's all we can get.

Tom, thanks for all the great info. Please ask
your better half why 6 is not enough. Bear in
mind these guys are going to be more like
pets than anything else. That and they have to
fit in our coop, which I'm making out of an old
6' X 6' privy. (Off the record, this is on orders
from my own better half, who's afraid this
might be another one of my crazy
projects--Last year I moved an old barn to the
property and she still hasn't recovered from it.
She's afraid we'll get sucked into taking care
of these things and she doesn't want to
become a chicken farmer.)

Les, yes, I'm a couple miles from where they
hold the Winterhawk Festival (now called Gray
Fox, I think) though I'm sorry to say I've never
been to it (just never seem to be around that
weekend). By the way, there is another festival
up the road in Hillsdale that's adopted the
Winterhawk name, though it's more folky than

Again, thanks to all.


Tom A    Posted 03-27-2002 at 05:29:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think it has something to do with numbers of eggs and also expected attrition. 6 hens will give you an average of about 4 eggs a day--probably more than you can eat yourself, but not enough to sell any. Plus, 'the books' all say you can expect about 10% losses fairly quickly. That's a lot higher than our experience, but we may have been lucky.

Last week the better half told me it was time to re-furbish the second old coop on our property because she wants to expand. We started with 15 chicks several years ago, the minimum Clearview would mail; they were exclusively pets. But just through word-of-mouth they started paying their own way from egg sales without any hassle. We gradually increased the numbers and demand for local free-range eggs is going through the roof. I don't want to be a chicken farmer exclusively either, but they find most of their own food for about 6 months of the year and pretty well take care of themselves...and it is fun to watch the cats all steer wide circles around them because they are scared of the hens! :-)

Good luck whatever you do!

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