Dorking Heritage Breed Chickens

The Dorking heritage breed chicken is possibly the oldest of the English breeds developed during Victorian times from stock bought to Britain by the Romans. With careful crossings and selections the Dorking or Darkwing breed was established.

Name

Classification

Origin

Weight

Egg Colour

Productivity

Price

Dorking

Light Breed, Soft feathered

Britain

Male 4.5 - 6.3kg, Female 3.6 - 4.5kg

White

Approximately 120 eggs per year

$45.00 for 9 to 12 week old pullets

$12.50 for up to 10 day old chicks unsexed

$3.00 for hatching eggs

Dorking heritage breed chickens

Characteristics

The Dorking heritage breed is possibly the oldest of the English breeds developed during Victorian times from stock bought to Britain by the Romans. With careful crossings and selections the Dorking or Darkwing breed was established.

They are best known for the distinguishing feature of having 5 toes on each foot they are also one of the few birds with red earlobes that lay a white egg.

Laying exceptionally well over the summer months they continue through the winter months at a reduced rate. They are the best layers of all the heritage breeds we have here at Feathered Friends Poultry and lay good sized eggs, whilst still being economic on food. In summer it is not unusual for us to get an egg per bird every day.

They are a calm and docile bird that like to forage widely and in my experience seldom go broody so just keep on laying through the season.

One of my girls stands around looking at me at feeding time waiting to eat out of my hand rather than off the ground.

Unlike other breeds the silver grey dorking male and female look completely different to each other. The male is a stunning black and white whilst the hens have salmon red  breasts and silver grey penciling on the body. The tail is a darker grey

The breed come in several colours including cuckoo, dark, red, silver grey and white.

Here at Feathered Friends we have the silver grey dorking's available.

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