Dorking Importation Project

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ki4got, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    YES! It is finally happening!
    If you would like to be part of this process, you can pm either myself or Susan Catt on Facebook with your email address and we will add you to the discussion and planning.


    Having come together in a leap of faith and camaraderie, a number of American Dorking enthusiasts are in the process of importing several varieties of large fowl and bantam Dorkings to the United States from England. We have created a closed Facebook group where we are working as a cooperative to see this project come to fruition.

    We have a breeder in the UK who is offering to help us obtain the breeding stock we desire via hatching eggs. In the process we are identifying how many eggs from each variety would be available and their costs, as well as reviewing our transportation options and respective costs.

    1) Varieties – Large fowl Silver Grey, Rose Combed Whites, Reds (these are black breasted melanized reds), Rose Combed Darks, and Red Bantams (we are considering SG Bantams as well). *Note - The UK reds are variable. Some UK breeders prefer the lighter “US Standard” while others prefer the darker version, which will be available to us.

    2) We have one breeder who is willing to work with us through the long list of requirements needed on his end and is willing to provide most of the varieties we are looking for. He is also open to the possibly of adding varieties to his operation in order to help save us vet certification costs at several breeders sites. This is still being developed.

    3) We have identified three funding options, all of which we intend to pursue. They include.
    a) PayPal donation program with incentives like hatching eggs, chicks or breeding trios.
    b) A grant program that one of our members is a participant of.
    c) Crowd funding.

    4) We already have members researching the various requirements that will need to be fulfilled and are reaching out to others who have experience with these and similar endeavors.

    5) The breeder we are working with is researching various flocks, determining egg availability (numbers that can be provided at time of shipping), and cost of those eggs. We are also consulting with him regarding working with British authorities and within the Dorking community.

    Our timeline is set.
    October 2014 - grant proposal will be submitted.
    January 2015 - we hear if we have been granted any funds (no more than 5,000.00 but could be substantially less).
    March 2015 - receive funds (if approved).
    May 2015 - receive and hatch eggs.
    May 2016 - begin distribution of eggs, chicks and trios to participants and donation contributors.
    Crowd funding - in place by May 2014, to run continuously throughout the year.
    PayPal Incentive Program - in place by May 2014, to run continuously throughout the year.

    Eggs are to arrive by May/June 2015 to be hatched out by knowledgeable breeders on the east coast. Chicks will be grown out to breeding age and the subsequent eggs, chicks and young trios will become available to contributors. After these commitments to the participants and donation contributors are met and at the discretion of each holding breeder eggs or possibly day old chicks, or breeding trios will be available for sale to help distribute the new genetics throughout the American Dorking community. We are still fleshing out the details. More in our next report.

    All are welcome to join the closed Facebook group to participate. You WILL be required to work and do your part to make this happen.
     
  2. SusanCatt

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    Thanks Karen for posting here on BackYard Chickens. Things are moving along quite quickly yet we have a years worth of work to do. We want to invite "workers" who are also Dorking lovers, breeders and enthusiasts to join in to help make the importation happen. I understand that some folks are not comfortable with Facebook. This is where we are working - in a closed (secret) group cooperative. This is where it is happening. We invite you to join us.

    If Joining facebook is just too uncomfortable we could assign research projects to individuals who wish to be participants. This means WORK, and a lot of it. But you may work where your talents lie. We would need to list you on the facebook document "Inventory of Skills" so that we may contact you via email, and know what kinds of jobs you are able to do and what variety of Dorking you are interested in along with you being listed as a participant for receiving your birds.

    We are excited to have you.

    Let us know how you want to proceed.

    Susan
     
  3. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    one new bit of exciting news to boot! the breeder we will be working with WILL NOT BE CHARGING US FOR HIS EGGS! this is just a small portion of the overall cost of the importation process, but speaks volumes for this breeder's desire to help a great breed!

    his website is http://www.englishhens.co.uk/gallery.html if you'd like to see some of his birds.
     
  4. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Great news. My name is Jason Floyd I am a breeder of Penedesenca and Empordanesa. Myself and the 2nd importer of them are looking into a new import which would be the 4 th for Penedesenca and 2nd for Empordanesa I have put together a new club website www.penedesencausa.com
    if its ok I would like to tag along on the thread. Maybe I could help as well. We are just starting to look into the process as things have changed since she last imported in 2003
     
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    i am in. just waiting for facebook
     
  6. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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  7. SusanCatt

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    Welcome, We would appreciate any input you may have that will help us along and we will certainly be happy to share our experience with you. This could mutually beneficial for both projects.

    Thanks for the offer of support.

    Susan
     
  8. Sydney Acres

    Sydney Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Karen,
    I'm in. I have a FB account but never use it. How exactly do I join the group? You need to give me each step, because I'm REALLY computer clueless, and the simplest things stop me dead in my tracks.
    --April
     
  9. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    you can pm me your name and email address and i'll add you that way. then just go to the group page once you're added and jump in the fray!
     
  10. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    BTW, the report at the top of the page isn't set in stone, we're working on revising it and I will update the first post as necessary once any changes are approved.
     

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