Know anything about Dorkings?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Tinkerchick, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Tinkerchick

    Tinkerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to get some Dorkings but I'm not sure where to get them. I don't know too much about them either just that they lay white eggs.
     
  2. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    huh?
    ducklings?
    or really dorklings lol.
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I looked them up as I had never heard of Dorkings before. Interesting chickens. Seems they are gentle and good brooders. Gorgeous birds. Apparently, you can find them at hatcheries if they are not all sold out right now. You may have to wait till spring if you can't find any locally. good luck to you.
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Dorkings are wonderful birds and getting more popular all the time. Along with Faverolles, they are one of my favorite breeds. They are an excellent table bird and have gotten good press in the last couple of years, along with the increased interest in heritage breeds in general. I got my silver grey Dorkings from Murray McMurray and was lucky enough to get some really beautiful birds. They have lovely dispositions, but are sometimes bullied by more aggressive chicken breeds. I would say they lay a tinted egg. The silver grey is the most commonly found color, especially from hatcheries. There are breeders working on other colors in this country, like the reds. You have to do a little more work to find a breeder, if you want better looking birds or particular colors. Sand Hill has many colors, but sells out early in the year. I think even MM is sold out for the year. Feathersite has pictures and links. Henderson's chart has a lot of information on them, along with other breeds. There is also an msn group for Dorkings. Poultry Press has a lot of show information in it and ads.

    It probably won't surprise you to learn that I have been thinking about getting more Dorkings and looking into sources this year. [​IMG]

    Here are some links:

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Dorks/BRKDorks.html

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/pages/poultry_catalog.html

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/

    http://groups.msn.com/Dorkings

    http://www.poultrypress.com/
     
  5. Tinkerchick

    Tinkerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all your info.
    Great information Woodland Woman. I really appreciate it.
    I am definatly getting some as soon as I can.
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I know Dorkings have an extra toe! They are an ancient breed which I know was brought to England by the Romans. A very popular backyard meat bird cross is an Indian Game (we call them Cornish) on a Dorking hen. They are allegedly as tastey as you can get.
     
  7. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had Dorkings this year and they were wonderful! They are lovely birds with a very sweet nature and very beautiful. Ours came from Murray and were wonderful. We sold all of them and kept one, Ofelia. When my roommate moved out she took Ofelia with her and I miss her all the time. I will definitely get another for myself! I promise you will love them.

    Here is Ofelia

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    And here they are as babies

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    Adam
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Adam, Ofelia is just gorgeous! I love her coloring. I'd miss her, too.
     
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I know a Silvery Gray Dorking rooster that lives nearby and he's very friendly - even eats treats out of my hand. He's not too loud either, either crowing or clucking. His glossy black/green tail feathers are 21" long! I took one that he shed and measured it!
     
  10. Blondie

    Blondie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's my dorking. She's very friendly and fat.

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