Houdan Vs Dorking

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BackyardCountry, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    We are trying to decide which chicken to buy. Houdans or Dorkings??? Any experienced chicken owners give advice pls!
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have never had either of those breeds but I know people are going to want to know your goals. For example, egglaying (more eggs)?

    Or meat?

    Or personality?
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    Quote:I do not know about dorking but the Houdan I had were weak and could not take the cold. It may have just been the birds I purchased. Someone else may of had a better experience.

  4. upthecreek

    upthecreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    South Alabama
    I like the Dorkings as they are an allaround good chicken , compared to a lot of breeds that are single purpose and do not have great vigor that the Dorkings have .
    Best to you
  5. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    What's best for you depends on where you are.... if you are in an area of extreme winter cold, I would stay away from Dorkings as they have quite large single combs and are likely to get them frostbitten. If you are in an area where it rains and rains and rains and you do not have lots of shelter for the chickens, you might stay away from Houdans as they can get pretty soggy in the crest and even if their health is unaffected, they look pretty unhappy.

    As long as it's not wet snow, Houdans that I have had have seemed to do great in the cold. The crest feathers function almost like a parka as long as they are kept dry.

    If you are looking for a big, meaty dual breed, I'm not sure if either one is going to be quite right, as over time the meat qualities of some of these rare breeds has been allowed to decline from what it once was. That said, the eating qualities of Houdan and Dorking are supposed to be very similar. Thin white skin, long blocky torso, delicate texture.

    Dorkings have a repututation for all going broody - bam! like that! - in late spring or early summer. They are supposed to be very determined. [​IMG]

    Houdans on the other hand, are non setters and very rarely go broody.

    OK, so there are a few factors for you to consider.

    If you do go with Houdan, may I respectfully suggest Cackle Hatchery of Missouri, because IMHO theirs are much better and closer to breed type than McMurray, Privett, or Welp...

    Cackle is a small family operation and maintain their own longstanding Houdan flock... they are the kind of hatchery I feel good about supporting. [​IMG]
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Dorkings do come in rosecomb also [​IMG]

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