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Dorking Reviews

MelanieK

Dorkings

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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...
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countrygoddess

Rich in history, great birds

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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...
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Texasfowler

The Dorky Dorkings

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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...
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dalalune

An ancient breed worth preserving

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Pros: Excellent meat quality, good setters, beautiful varieties to choose from

Cons: Slow to mature, very large breed, hard to find good breeding stock due to few devoted breeders

This is an ancient breed of chicken that was developed from birds believed to have been brought to Britain by the Romans.  It is a true foundation breed with important influences in many of the other British, French and American breeds.  IN Britain, the Dorking was prized their ample delicate light flesh and ease of breeding.  They can be fully self-sustaining as they are vigorous breeders and setters.  Hens lay large chalky white eggs.  Their downfall is that they, like most heritage breeds, take a little longer to reach peak dressing weight and maturity.  They also do not do well in over-crowded cooping and are at their best when ...
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ChickenWisperer

What a dork!

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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...
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GreenMum

Loved My Little Beauties

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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 dead...one 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.
chickencrazy989

i love dorkings

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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. 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 type.
summerb123

I love them

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Pros: they go broody alot,fun to watch

Cons: none so far

i have 2 Dorkings I've read a lot about the breed they say that they go broody a lot which means you dont have to have an incubater to hatch chicks but i want to have that expereince  of hatching little dorkings and watch them grow I love there extra toe and there short legs they say they lay a creamished colored legs not sure I've not had them long enough to know that I love that you can sex the chicks by color so far so good i just love them  
hotlipshens

sweet bids

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Pros: very friendly, pretty

Cons: 5 toes :-)

I have and love silver ameraucanas but they are flighty...bought 2 silver dorking pullets last week and LOVE how friendly they are!
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