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How are your DORKINGS laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hopeful Peacock, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Hopeful Peacock

    Hopeful Peacock Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mixed flock of 13 including 3 dorking hens. They are apparently happy and healthy (and the Dorkings are my friendliest birds, so I love that). They hatched March 2011 and 2 of the 3 never really laid regularly. In October, they went through a light molt and it's been about a month since they appeared to be done with molt and I have gotten ONE egg during that time [​IMG] I have one other hen who is not laying, but the other 8 are laying wonderfully. They are all dual purpose breeds. I'm just wondering if this light/inconsistant laying is usual with Dorkings? Or maybe they just mature late and will surprise me in the Spring?
     
  2. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that they will probably start laying in the Spring. Mine are older, but taking a break now.

    Kim
     
  3. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still trying to find some Dorkings , they seem to be few and far between , looking for white.
     
  4. Hopeful Peacock

    Hopeful Peacock Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I felt lucky to find them. A local hatchery in TN had them. Mine are silver grey though.
     
  5. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Which hatchery? Where did they get their breeding stock?

    I'm making a list of sources. [​IMG]

    Kim
     
  6. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    my dorkings i'm getting 3-4 eggs per week from each hen. i have only the 2 girls but so far so good...

    hatching everything i get tho, but the first dozen or so were all clear. took a while for the roo to get the idea i think.

    for whites, you might try sandhill preservation. they've got all dorking colors available, but the waitlist can get long.

    I'm planning on trap-nesting my girls and selecting for better egg production hens (in addition to better quality/size/conformation). i've only got silver grey right now myself but want colored/red also.
     

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