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This is sometime called the barn door fowl and is characterized by a thin, serrated, upright comb and wattles pending from each side of the lower mandible; the tail rises in an arch, above the level of the rump; the feathers of the neck and rump are long and line-like; and the colour is finely variegated.  The females comb and wattles  are smaller than those of the cock; is, herself, less in size, and her colours are more dull and somber.   In the best specimen of this variety, the legs should be white and smooth, like those of the Dorking, and their bodies round and plump; being mongrels, they breed all colours, and are usually 5 to 7 or 8 lbs per pair.

A Treatise on the History and Management of Ornamental and Domestic Poultry

By Edmund Saul Dixon, J. J. Kerr

Edition: 4

Published by C. M. Saxton, 1857

Original from the University of California


We are also working on a single comb Dominique project for museums. In the 18th century there were single comb Dominiques as well as rose combed ones.  If your museum is interested in these birds, email us at .

Here at Valentine & Sons, we have been working closely with museums to help them recreate the look of the typical barnyard fowl found on New England farms in the 18th and 19th century.  If you museum is interested in getting involved with this program, email us at .
Occasionally we will have these birds available to the general public. Feel free to inquire about availability.

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