Victoria the Silver Grey Dorking

  1. autumnhearth
    On April 7th, 2014 I drove down to Meyer Hatchery with my son to pick up our first chicks. A Golden Buff (sex-link), Buff Orpington, Easter Egger, Black Copper Marans, Buckeye and a Silver Grey Dorking.

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    The Dorking is the small grey one huddled under her sisters

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    She was my husband's breed pick, but we have come to really bond

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    My husband works long hours but said he didn't want his chick to imprint on me.

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    But she was the "runt", I could't help the urge to snuggle her.

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    So our friendship began.

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    While I worried about her the first day, by the next morning she was thriving

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    And was pecking chicks and taking names

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    But pecking is exhausting

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    First photo shoot

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    At a week old she started to spout tiny tail feathers

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    And continued to peck. "Hey Morgaine what's up with the fuzz on your feet?" Peck!

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    She was the first to grow wings

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    Much longer than her sisters

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    She kept growing

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    Until her wings were like a cloak and she no longer looked like a fuzzy chick

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    And she used them to fly to the top of the brooder

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    Finally she was given a name, Victoria, perfect for a Dorking

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    Victoria explored the world outside

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    And used her grey feathers to her advantage

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    On rainy days she and her sisters had to stay inside

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    But when the sun came out they enjoyed the clover and dandelions

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    And the Queen Anne's Lace

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    And all the greenery of their suburban backyard

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    Often they spent their days in their movable pen

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    And sometimes small humans came in to visit with them

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    Finally their coop and run were completed and with the new home came a new pecking order

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    And new things to explore

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    Though her sister Baby became possessive of snuggle time

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    Victoria still managed to sneak in some quality time

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    Victoria loves to know what's going on in the coop, she was the first to check out the nest boxes

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    Even though she was the last to lay, she was present for all of her sister's first eggs.

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    Victoria gets along with everyone. From Amelia at the bottom (right)
    to Baby who rose to second in command (left)

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    To Morgaine at the top, who showed her favor until Baby's ridiculous rise to power.

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    Instead of focusing on laying eggs or her status in the pecking order,
    Victoria put all her energy into growing her low but fabulously full body.

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    Her gorgeous silver lined wings

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    And her amazing long fan of a tail

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    She also took to perching precariously on everything

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    Jumping up onto my shoulder while I tended the garden

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    Then hopping from my shoulder on to a tree.

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    Posing on the woodpile

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    Sometimes she begs for treats at the gate with Amelia
    And other times she hops right over it to see what's taking me so long

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    But her true calling is companionship.

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    Like keeping Baby company for her first egg.

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    Or Morgaine for hers

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    Are you alright in there?

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    In early November

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    It was finally her turn to lay

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    A beautiful creamy white egg

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    November also brought our first snow

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    Before all the leaves had fallen

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    But we kept warm

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    It quiclky melted and the leaves finished falling

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    And we enjoyed the sunshine before bitter winter set in

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    Victoria's beautiful pink comb

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    Shrank down and turned pale. She stopped laying
    and started molting at 8 months on her neck and tail.

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    When Morgaine was feeling under the weather in January,
    Victoria was the perfect choice to keep her company.

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    In a week they were both back outside and closer than ever

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    After two months of soft molting I noticed Victoria's comb was getting bigger, the next morning I found her in the next box and she's been laying 5-6 eggs a week since. But during that time when she wasn't laying, I realized Victoria is my favorite chicken. She doesn't demand your affection like Baby, she just quietly comes over to sit down next to you and keeps you company.

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    Back in her favorite corner of the yard

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    Spring Equinox

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    Strike a pose

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    Windblown

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  1. autumnhearth
    Dorkings, Salmon Faverolles and Silkies all have extra toes, I wouldn't call it a deformity, it's in their breed standard I believe.
  2. chickenmomma518
    I was just curious if ya'll have ever has any chicks with extra toes... I had considered that maybe it could have been a roo buuut they are still very little and it would be too soon to tell.... All I have read is that it is a genetic deformity, so I was just seeing if anyone else had ever seen this before.
    Thanks
  3. Whittni
    Adorable!
  4. peastix
    Cute story.I enjoyed reading it.Pretty hen.
  5. Ladyanne57
    Love it! Thanks for sharing.
  6. foxmfan1
    very cute story, and she IS a very beautiful hen.
  7. autumnhearth
    Thank you all :)
  8. theoldguy
    Haha, great story,heart felt. Thank you :)
  9. Mellow1
    Thank you for sharing your story and wonderful pics....was a fun read. :)
  10. BuffyBugSlayer
    Awww. Great story and pics!
  11. autumnhearth
  12. mymilliefleur
    Lovely hen you have there!
  13. JestaCowgirl
    Perfect story!! She's so cute!!!!!!!!
  14. JestaCowgirl
    Perfect story!! She's so cute!!!!!!!!
  15. autumnhearth
    Thanks we love our Buff Orp. She's definitely the most snuggley but she's also possessive and demanding about it. Hence why she never grew out of her nickname: Baby. Will probably make her her own page next She laid well through the winter. The girls are 11 months old so haven't gone through their first annual molt. Only two of our girls molted around the 8-9 month mark, not sure why.
  16. buffyfluffy17
    Great pictures! I have a Buff Orpington rooster, named Oscar and two Buff hens, Buffy and Fluffy! They are one of my favorite breeds. The other chickens have great character as well! My chickens seem to not have an issue with egg production during the molting season. Like the laying box. Good luck with your new hens!
  17. autumnhearth
    Aww thank you! Yay Victoria!
  18. Tmoorie
    Love this story! I can't wait to have a tale like this with my babies!
  19. SilkiesForEver
    Love this! Victoria is very pretty!
  20. OldHen13
    Thanks for sharing!....and I totally agree, very lucky chickens <3
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  22. autumnhearth
    Thanks! I feel very lucky to have them
  23. crazyfeathers
    Loved your story! Very lucky chickens!

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