Pros: hardy, gentle, great mothers, broody easily, can forage, lay nice size eggs,

Cons: hard ot find quality breeding stock

I have had dorkings for 11 years and find them to be a great breed.  They are wonderful mothers to chicks they are able to hatch, they are able to mate on their own and they are extremely friendly. They lay a beautiful cream colored egg and are supposed to be good meat bird but being a vegetarian I do not kill my birds.They lay eggs into the winter and go broody consistently enabling me to give away my incubator.   I have them on my educational farm and am able to bring out any of my birds and let 30 children take turns petting them from waddles to tail with the patience of Job.  I love my birds and find their history incredible and I am blessed to be able to continue the quality of the breed for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.  I highly recommend this breed to anyone who wants to participate in a breeding program to protect this breed and continue its legacy into the future.


Pros: Lots of personality, very person and bird friendly, good foragers, great layers, VERY hardy

Cons: They're a little dorky, pun totally intended. Due to low carriage, they get dirty easier than other birds. They can also be a little loud.

These birds are a bunch of dorks! No, seriously, they really are. Dorkings, that is.


They're great birds - very friendly, lots of personality, non bird-aggressive, good foragers, usually get along with everyone, great layers of decent sized eggs.... But they're dorks. I'm serious! They're kinda weird, a little too enthusiastic about everything, sometimes a bit socially inept and tend to be easily distracted... but hey, we love them all the more for it! They're also extremely hardy - they do well in SoKY climate, where winters can get below freezing with horrible wind chill and snow/ice, and summers over 100 with humidity so bad you can't even breathe.


Only bad things one can possibly say about these birds is that they get dirty really easy, and sometimes, they're a bit loud.


Pros: super friendly, consistent laying even through winter, beautiful markings, the list really does go on

Cons: eggs a bit small, need more breeders

Oh my beautiful little fat girls with the short legs!  They looked so adorable running to greet me every time I went near the coop.  Their stubby little legs would swing wide to get some speed...smiling just remembering.  Unfortunately, one evening we found our neighbour's dog in our chicken yard with our four beautiful Silver Dorkings in each corner.  I was so devastated I sat in my coop and cried over them.  One day I will have lovely Dorkings again.  One day.


Pros: Docile, great foragers, tasty

Cons: Haven't found any yet

I received my first flock of Dorking chicks in April and haven't been disappointed.  They are docile and sweet, gorgeous, and taste wonderful.  The hens lay 4-5 eggs per week and the only time during the winter that laying stopped was when the temps dropped down to -11 at night and 3 during the day for a week.  Within 2 weeks, they were all back to laying their medium- large shell-pink eggs.  The cockerels have a lovely, throaty, smooth crow which is a pleasure to hear at at the crack of dawn and so far none have been aggressive at all.  My flock is allowed to free-range during the green times of year, and they do a great job feeding themselves while not straying too far.


Pros: they are a great dual purpose breed and they are very docile.

Cons: they take a long time yo mature

they are fabulous and once they get laying they lay well.big_smile.png

i believe there are quite a few different colours like cuckoo, red, white and some of them have a pea comb, i have the silver-grey


Pros: Excellent foragers dont mind being held

Well I have had 4 dorkings for three weeks got them at the local feed store(I was shocked too). All 3 hens have 5 toes the rooster has 4 with 2 spots that look they might have been supposed to be toes. These guys are awesome. I catch moths at night with a butterfly net as a chicken treat. None of the other birds stand a chance of getting a moth those little dorky boogers get 90% of the catch. What I do is turn off all of the lights except a bell light located about 18in  off the ground and as the moths circle the lights the little chickies get all excited and jump up and grab em highly entertaining. well I had to seperate the dorkings from the eggers during moth time because not a single egger would get a bug. The dorkings are'nt mean just very fast, impressive, my little dorking rooster theodore grabbed a moth on the fly a good two feet off the ground while it was in flight. All but the rooster dont mind being held.


Pros: pretty friendly

Cons: stupid hot tempered

i have a silver gray dorking and is named Lily. she is very pretty and cute but she is stupid. when the girls are enjoying a treat in their primary run, everyone but lily goes through the door. she goes tries to go through the chicken wire! she doesn't give up either. she is also very hot tempered. one afternoon i saw her stand straight up and her neck feathers were flared up. another time, she and my golden campine were looking at each other through the chicken wire. their neck feathers were flared up. Overall she is okay.


Pros: Curious, good winter layer, social, non-aggressive

I love Dorkings.  I just have the one at the moment, a silver-grey pullet who just started to lay 2 weeks ago at the end of autumn.  There is no doubt she will lay through winter, and is consistently giving me eggs every two days.  Egg size is on the small size for now, but I expect it to pick up in size as she gets older.  The eggs are a lovely creamy white colour.

They are great foragers, not over flighty, integrate well with a mixed flock, not aggressive and quite friendly - although I don't handle my birds much.  



 Does anyone know where I can view the Dorkings with color pics AND the name of the variety? The Whites I can get, but what/ where is the Colored Variety? Is SIlver Grey like the Silver penciled Rocks? Even Feathersite pics were not showing quality Dorkings and the Dorking Club here in the states had NO-repeat NONE in so far as pics to variety. Nice pics-pretty birds-but which is which? Thanks!



The Dorking is one of the most ancient of all domesticated poultry. Believed to have originated in Italy at the time of the Roman Empire and were taken as far as Britain when they invaded in as early as 55 BC. The Dorking was also described by the Roman writer Columella in his treatise "Of Husbandry in Twelve Books." Breeds such as the Sussex are thought to have been derived from the Dorking. The White, Silver-Gray and Colored varieties were accepted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1874. Although the Red is the oldest variety, it wasn't admitted until 1995. Before the Civil War, the Dorking was one of America's most common farm fowl, but now the Dorking is quite rare.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesSilver-Gray Colored Red White
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassEnglish
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Silver-Gray Colored Red White

Breed Details:

Even though above it says that dorkings are single-combed, the White variety has a rose comb. The Dorking has three unusual characteristics. They have five toes instead of the usual four, six points instead of the usual five, and they have hair feathers extending from their thighs. The Dorking also has a bantam counterpart. Dorkings are said to bear confinement well, but my hens prefer to free-range, and Dorkings love to forage. The Dorking is a dual-purpose breed, meaning they can be used for both meat and eggs. The Dorking has white skin, which is the popular color of skin for meat breeds in Europe, and the meat is exceptionally delicious! The Dorking is a beautiful, dignified, ancient part of our history, blessing us with their presence on our farm! The Dorking breed is in the English Class. The following weights are taken from the American Standard of Perfection: Standard Weights: Cock-9 lbs. Cockerel-8 lbs. Hen-7 lbs. Pullet-6 lbs. *Note* I am awaiting pics of Adolescent stage and chick stage Dorkings to put in those sections. Hope it's no problem!