Keeping Pet Chickens

|

A Guide To Keeping Chickens At Home

Dorkings Chickens

February 4th, 2011 at 13:24

Dorking Chickens Are Possibly The Oldest British Chicken Breed.

Dorkings Chickens Background & Appearance.

dorking chicken pictureDorkings 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…

Related Posts

Araucana Chickens
Frizzle Chickens
Hamburg Chickens
Jersey Giant Chickens
Leghorn Chickens
New Hampshire Chickens
Old English Game Chickens
Pekin Bantams
Plymouth Rock Chickens
Rhode Island Red Chickens
Silkie Chickens
Wyandotte Chickens

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

15 Responses to “Dorkings Chickens”

  1. Buff Orpington Chickens A Very Good Breed For The Novice Says:

    [...] Chickens  Australorp Chickens  Barnevelder Chickens  Brahma Chickens  Campines Chickens  Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d208').each( function(e) [...]

  2. Araucana Chickens Lay Beautiful Blue Eggs Says:

    [...] Chickens  Australorp Chickens  Barnevelder Chickens  Brahma Chickens  Campines Chickens  Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d182').each( function(e) [...]

  3. Poland Chickens Breed Information Says:

    [...] Chickens  Australorp Chickens  Barnevelder Chickens  Brahma Chickens  Campines Chickens  Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d261').each( function(e) [...]

  4. Ancona Chickens | A Prolific Egg Layer | Breed Info Says:

    [...] Chickens  Australorp Chickens  Barnevelder Chickens  Brahma Chickens  Campines Chickens  Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d329').each( function(e) [...]

  5. Jersey Giant Chickens | Breed Information Says:

    [...] Andalusian Chickens Australorp Chickens Barnevelder Chickens Brahma Chickens Campines Chickens Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d432').each( function(e) [...]

  6. Old English Game Chickens Bantams OEG | Breed Information Says:

    [...] Andalusian Chickens Australorp Chickens Barnevelder Chickens Brahma Chickens Campines Chickens Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d450').each( function(e) [...]

  7. Pekin Bantams Breed Information Says:

    [...] Silkie Chickens Rhode Island Red Chickens Araucana Chickens Leghorn Chickens Buff Orpington Chickens Welsummer Chickens Cochin Chickens Poland Chickens Maran Chickens Sussex Chickens Dominique Chickens Ancona Chickens Andalusian Chickens Australorp Chickens Barnevelder Chickens Brahma Chickens Campines Chickens Dorkings Chickens [...]

  8. Plymouth Rock Chickens | Barred Rock Chickens Information Says:

    [...] Andalusian Chickens Australorp Chickens Barnevelder Chickens Brahma Chickens Campines Chickens Dorkings Chickens Bookmark This Post Hide Sites $$('div.d467').each( function(e) [...]

  9. Brahma Chickens The King Of Chickens | Breed Information Says:

    [...] Barnevelder Chickens Buff Orpington Chickens Campines Chickens Cochin Chickens Dominique Chickens Dorkings Chickens Frizzle Chickens Hamburg Chickens Jersey Giant Chickens Leghorn Chickens Maran Chickens New [...]

  10. New Hampshire Chickens Breed Information Says:

    [...] Brahma Chickens Buff Orpington Chickens Campines Chickens Cochin Chickens Dominique Chickens Dorkings Chickens Frizzle Chickens Hamburg Chickens Jersey Giant Chickens Leghorn Chickens Maran Chickens Old English [...]

  11. Hamburg Chickens | Breed Information Says:

    [...] Brahma Chickens Buff Orpington Chickens Campines Chickens Cochin Chickens Dominique Chickens Dorkings Chickens Frizzle Chickens Jersey Giant Chickens Leghorn Chickens Maran Chickens New Hampshire Chickens Old [...]

  12. Barnevelder Chickens | Barnevelders Breed Information Says:

    [...] Brahma Chickens Buff Orpington Chickens Campines Chickens Cochin Chickens Dominique Chickens Dorkings Chickens Frizzle Chickens Hamburg Chickens Jersey Giant Chickens Leghorn Chickens Maran Chickens New [...]

  13. Maran Chickens, The Dark Brown Egg Layers Says:

    [...] Brahma Chickens Buff Orpington Chickens Campines Chickens Cochin Chickens Dominique Chickens Dorkings Chickens Frizzle Chickens Hamburg Chickens Jersey Giant Chickens Leghorn Chickens New Hampshire Chickens Old [...]

  14. Sussex Chickens | Dual Purpose Chickens Table and Egg Says:

    [...] Australorp Chickens Barnevelder Chickens Brahma Chickens Campines Chickens Dominique Chickens Dorkings Chickens Frizzle Chickens Hamburg Chickens Jersey Giant Chickens New Hampshire Chickens Bookmark This [...]

  15. Campines Chickens Gold And Silver | Breed Information Says:

    [...] Guide To Keeping Chickens At Home « Brahma Chickens Dorkings Chickens [...]

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>