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.