After an unsuccessful search of 8+ week Dominique pullets, my husband and I decided that if we wanted Dominiques, we’d have to get young ones. I must have e-mailed dozens of internet contacts within a 3 hour radius, and finally found a farm in Northern Virginia that had some 10-day-old Dominique chicks left. My husband, my mother, and I made the 2.5 hour drive to Gardienne Wings Heritage and Exotic Fowl in Sumerduck, Virginia yesterday and picked up 7 little chickens! We are hopeful that they are all female, but they can’t be sexed with 100% accuracy at this age. From what I have read, female Dominiques have dark legs when they are first born that gradually fade over the first week. Additionally, the spots on the top of their head are smaller, more round, and are less likely to contain black specks when compared to males. The drive home seemed to be hard on them, but the next morning they seemed to have perked up after adequate rest, warmth, water, and food. Milo, our dog, seems very interested in them and keeps hanging his head over the side of our homemade brooder. We have let him watch them quite a bit and have held them up to his nose so he can smell them. I am hopeful that they will all become friends!
More information on sexing Dominiques can be found here: at The Dominique Chicken.