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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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
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!
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 free-ranging. The breed, as a whole, has been largely neglected in the US. Good, sound breeding stock can be very hard to come by. Luckily, there is a core group of dedicated breeders in the US and around the world that are determined to preserve this important breed and promote its use as a quality meat bird for niche markets and backyard flocks.
Pros - Beautiful bird, great layer, history.
Cons - Aggressive.
I love the beautiful tail and plumage of the Silver Grey Dorking and their history but my girl is pretty cranky and would peck at me anytime I go over to change the food or water, sometimes I would even get attacked as soon as I enter the enclosure before letting anyone out in the morning. Overtime she has gotten used to my presence and has stopped attacking me but still tries to peck at me occasionally. She will run at strangers and family members in attempts to peck at them so anytime someone comes over to visit me I need to move her back into the enclosure. In the beginning I have considered getting rid of her but now that her attitude has come down a bit I find her manageable.
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.
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 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.
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.
Pros - Great layers
Cons - none
Very nice hens that lay big white eggs.