Dorkings ChickensFebruary 4th, 2011 at 13:24
Dorking Chickens Are Possibly The Oldest British Chicken Breed.
Dorkings Chickens Background & Appearance.
Dorkings were brought from Italy to Britain during the time of the Roman Invasion in AD43, making them one of the oldest breeds in the UK.
Dorkings are a dual purpose largish bird. Cocks weigh about 9 ponds and the hens 7 lbs.
Colours range from silver-grey, red, white, dark and cuckoo. It is interesting to note that the colours also dictate the comb type of the Dorking. The silver-grey and red varieties should possess a single comb, whilst the white and cuckoo should have a rose comb.
All colours have red eyes, combs, wattles and earlobes with white legs and feet.
Other noticeable features of this breed are they have 5 toes, short legs and a pronounced ‘boat shape’ body.
Caring For Your Dorking Chickens.
The Dorking is a docile bird to keep and can take up to two years to mature, they normally live for up to seven years. To keep them at a good weight and size they do need to be given a good quality feed.
They are a large hardy bird that loves foraging and requires a lot of space. If they don’t get the exercise of foraging they can become a bit on the weedy side.
Some strains of Dorkings suffer from poor feathering, but being out in the rain does benefit these as it tightens the feathers up.
A very sociable bird who mixes well with others. Also an excellent choice for keeping a pet chicken as they are very good around children.
Dorking Chickens Eggs And Broodiness.
Dorkings are one of the few breeds with red ear lobes that produce white eggs. The eggs are a decent size and you can expect 3 per week, some strains lay right through the winter.
Some Dorkings may have been crossed with Araucanas you’ll know if yours is a cross breed as it usually shows in a blur tinged egg colour.
The hens can be extremely broody and its been known for entire flocks to stop laying and just sit on eggs.
Dorking Chickens Are A Very Old Breed And Are Exceptionally Sweet Birds, They Need The Support Of Small Backyard Flock Owners To Continue.
Here’s a small Dorking family in the video…
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