Review of Dorkings as a table bird *update: pics and weight of our last Dorking rooster*

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jgervais, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you for the report. I've been waiting to hear whether they are really a much better table bird.
     
  3. cluckingnuts

    cluckingnuts Out Of The Brooder

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    Dorking x IG is without a doubt my favorite, very popular here in the UK.
     
  4. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The meat itself does look quite a bit different - and it has a really full flavor, not necessarily 'gamey' but also not like the chicken you buy in a store. We were impressed.
     
  5. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I have to visit you sometime. I live in Muskegon! [​IMG]
     
  6. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in Jackson, but I'm from and family still lives in Muskegon - don't they have the best farmers market there? I'll bet weve even brushed elbows in it before [​IMG]
     
  7. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is IG?
     
  8. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nice reading your blog. I always like to read people's real commentaries on the meat of the birds. I am flipping back and forth about getting some dorkings.
     
  9. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Probably did! I used to go there more often but now I work long hours plus the farm...the farmers market should stay open till 9pm!!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. triplepurpose

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    Quote:Thanks for the report! I'd be curious to know what the breast meat was like compared to others? I've heard Dorkings were bred for their large, white breast in particular. But in my experience darkness or lightness of the meat per se has more to do with how active the muscles were than genetics, although it's true that genetics partially determine how active the bird is. The leg meat of all of my duals is dark, especially the young males, because they are able to run around a lot. But the breast of all the breeds is whiter because they don't do a lot of flying. I'd imagine Dorkings, heavy as they are, would indeed tend to have very light breast meat, even if the legs are dark, and I know the standard does call for a relatively large breast. Personally, I LOVE the kind of dark meat you describe! That's where the flavor is. And I'm glad to hear they were so delicious! (of course, as we all know, any real chicken tastes great compared to Cornish X). Congrats! I don't have any dorkings, but they are definitely one of the breeds I fantasize about...
     

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