Dorking Chickens - Establishing A Flock

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Moonswimmer55, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. Moonswimmer55

    Moonswimmer55 Just Hatched

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    I will be establishing a small flock and working to increase to a large breeding flock of these ancient birds. I would love to hear from others who have been keeping them as a backyard breeding flock.
     
  2. wvchics

    wvchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just started my own flock. I have all buff Orpingtons. I bought 12 pullets and got a rooster. So, I decided to keep him, and next year I want to add some lavender orps. We'll see how it goes.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    wvchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets are only 5 weeks right now. I think I'm going to stick with the Orpingtons though, and focus mostly on color. I have seen some beautiful crosses between the buffs and lavender, but I also think the black and blue are pretty also. I got my chicks at a feed store. However, I doubt I will do it again. All my chicks are really healthy, and I haven't had any problems. Still I am going to try to get any new chicks from individuals who have practiced selective breeding. I feel like I got lucky getting good healthy birds this time. Any other suggestions or information is welcome.
     

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