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  1. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    I really, REALLY want to, but Sand Hill requires you to buy 25 chicks in an order, and the only other place I've found with them has a huge waiting list. So, hopefully eventually I'll be able to get some, but it probably won't be soon. :(
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  2. Phaedra Winters
    I'm really sorry to hear that, hope good luck comes your way on that. I've been thinking about getting a couple in my Sandhill order this May, but I'm unsure exactly which type to get. That, and I can't seem to find any good pictures of what true colored dorkings look like.
  3. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    Thanks! If you're going for Dorkings from Sand Hill, I would stick with their APA standard varieties (Red, White, Cuckoo, or Colored) just based on my experience with one of their non-standard colors. There's no guarantee that all of their non-standard colors are as far removed from 'real' Dorks as my Dark Grays are, but I'm not sure it's worth the risk, personally. Pictures are really hard to find for the Colored Dorkings, but there appear to be some on the Dorking Breeders Club of North America website, if you're willing to dig through their photo gallery to find them ([URL]https://dorkingbreedersclub.webs.com/apps/photos/[/URL]). There are also some on the Dorking breed focus thread here ([URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-dorking.994592/page-2[/URL]) and Feathersite also has a few pictures on their Dorking page ([URL]https://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Dorks/BRKDorks.html[/URL]). They are really beautiful birds!
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  4. Phaedra Winters
    You are a lifesaver! Thank you so much! And yeah, as beautiful as the silver grays are, I wasn't planning on getting any from them since they have two different strains and I have a Silver Phoenix hen- which is the exact same coloring as the greys; I like to have a variety of color in my flock... somehow I ended up with 70 chickens. But on a 50 acre farm that's not bad. I also am debating between their single and rose comb dorkings; have you had any experience with rose combs? I don't think you have based on the article but figured I should ask just in case.
  5. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    No problem! :) I understand wanting a variety! I did have just one rooster with a rose comb. They aren't like other rose comb breeds where the comb is smallish and close to the head. My rooster's comb was HUGE (this is a younger picture of him; his comb was even larger than this by the time he hit a year old [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/attachments/theodore-close-up-jpg.1198913/[/URL])! Anyway, if you have particularly harsh winters where you live, the rose comb varieties may fare a little better against frostbite, but they can and do get frostbite as well just because of how huge they can get. Otherwise, there's no real difference between the rose comb and single comb varieties, at least not that I've experienced or heard of.
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  6. Phaedra Winters
    My goodness! That is certainly a huge comb he has. For sure gorgeous though. I'm thinking with our winters I will definitely go with the colored rose comb dorking. They'll be a beautiful addition to our farm. Thanks for all the advice with dorkings!

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