A Pleasant Suprise

Fifteen of our 26 Dominickers survived the hawk attacks.  All are supposed to be pullets.

But a couple of them seemed more feisty than the others.  When we combined the two groups, they battled briefly.  We’ve been wondering–might they be roosters?

Now that those two have started developing wattles and combs, it’s pretty clear.



So we have 13 hens and 2 roosters.  That means fewer eggs, of course.  But it also means we’ll have the opportunity to hatch Dominickers, helping the breed survive.

We ordered (and paid for) pullets. But after they arrived we began wishing we’d gotten a couple of rooster chicks as well.

As it turns out, we did.


9 comments on “A Pleasant Suprise

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    Henry Carrington Bolton – 1888 – Counting-out rhymes
    One sort, two sort, little zicky zan, Bobtailed, dominecker, tonee tan. Virgin Mary, halum, scalum, Jingum, jangum, bolum, buck ! Tennessee. 547. One zol, two zol …


  2. It’s nice when an unexpected gift arrives. Be sure to let those roosters know that you are the boss. I have some not so funny memories of an aggressive rooster… I was scared to wear shorts around him as he liked to attack. We found out the hard way not to adopt an older rooster with bad habits. 🙂

    Blessings ~ Wendy


    • Bill says:

      We try to condition our roosters from the beginning. So far we’ve never had an aggressive one. These are as tame as puppies so far. The most docile breed we’ve ever had.


  3. El Guapo says:

    Get a few more, then start your exclusive line of Farmer Bill Organic Alarm Clocks!


  4. We’ve had the occasional rooster in a batch of supposedly sexed chicks before too – when they’re not hybrids, my understanding is that it can be quite hard to sex them accurately. Like you, I’ve always been reasonably grateful to have the odd rooster. And except for a batch of Barred Plymouth Rocks years ago, when we got 5 roosters in a batch of 50 chicks, we’ve never had any aggression issues. That time, all but two went into the pot. Your Dominickers look very like Plymouth Rocks to me, by the way, but I understand there are minor differences – like the comb that your birds have.


    • Bill says:

      Murray McMurray includes a “mystery chick” in their orders. We used to call it the “mystery rooster” since it always turned out to be one. But we got some great roosters that way. We usually only keep two roosters, although we have 3 now. Any extras go to the pot. We’ve never had any aggression issues and I don’t expect any out of these guys.
      Yes, the Dominickers are very similar to the Plymouth Rock (which is usually called a Barred Rock around here).


  5. shoreacres says:

    Down this way – though more especially in the Cajun culture of Louisiana – that’s what’s called lagniappe, the little “something extra” given as a token of appreciation. Of course, I think other communities have another word for it – as I remember, it’s called grace. 😉


    • Bill says:

      I’m glad to have the roosters and love the “lagniappe” notion (that’s what a friend of mine calls his house). But in this case it wasn’t a gift. Pullet chicks cost much more than rooster chicks. So we got less than we paid for. The beauty of it is that I had begun regretting not getting any roosters and it turned out we did–even if we paid for pullets. So it’s all good. 🙂


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