Dorkings or Icelandics?? Can't decide

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jasonbUSMC, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. jasonbUSMC

    jasonbUSMC New Egg

    Feb 23, 2017
    Hello all. Glad to become a member of BYC,

    I'm looking to buy a heritage breed and can't decide whether to get Dorkings or Icelandics...
    The main traits I am looking for are: 1. birds that lay well in winter 2. excellent foragers 3. broodiness.
    From what I've read, both breeds meet this criteria.
    Some information: I live in San Angelo Texas (in town). I started with chickens from Tractor Supply last year. I currently have 3 hens and a rooster, but will probably pawn them off on my brother when I start my new flock. I have a fairly large back yard and I typically let my chickens free range. -Though I think I will partition off my yard this year and let my future flock free range perhaps only half of the day (or maybe build them a tractor to move about the yard.) My girls really tilled up the yard this past year.
    I'm mainly concerned with getting eggs. Maybe next year I'll raise some broilers as well, or cull extra roosters if I buy straight run.
    I am open to advise to help me decide which breed to get-perhaps another breed instead of Dorkings/Icelandics. Thank you.
  2. thlynch3

    thlynch3 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    If I were you, would go with a dorking because of their temperment. Dorkings will be very friendly, I once had a very nice dorking that could spend all day with you. Also, icelandics can be very hard to get.
  3. hugho

    hugho Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 8, 2013
    Jackson Wyoming
    I am unacquainted with dorkings but was given 8 icelandics by a friend and I AM impressed by them. They are not cuddly pets for sure but They tolerate our bitter winters in NW wyoming,and are tough birds who can fly and defend themselves. They can be broody. I want more.

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