Silver Grey Dorking Eggs- NC **Pictures included**

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  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silver Grey Dorking hatching eggs available for purchase. My breeders are from different bloodlines. Two roosters to a cage of 6 hens. Flock is allowed to free-range in a large pasture during the day.

    6+ $25 including shipping.

    12+ for $35 including shipping.

    Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee damage will not be done by the post office. I have hatched these eggs myself and have healthy chicks in my barn as I type.

    Birds shown in the pictures, are my stock. Please do not use these pictures without my permission and do not claim these birds as your own. (Pictures are of temporary coop, they are in a larger more permanent coop now)

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    -Kim
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2009
  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Kim,
    They are very nice looking Dorks!!! (Steve made me say that...lol)
    Sharon
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Do you happen to have any in Bantam?
     
  4. Harley's girl

    Harley's girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very nice! I would love to have some. But I just don't have the room right now. They are very pretty. [​IMG]
     
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SandSPoultry: Sharon, I call them Dorks too. It's fun to think you have a chicken breed called a Dorking, for some reason it bring to mind a dwarf in stockings. [​IMG] Or a nerd. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the comment, I have really started concentrating a little more on the Dorkings lately. For a while I went back and forth whether I would keep them or not. They are beautiful birds and I enjoy them very much. [​IMG]

    Chickenzoo: No, I'm sorry. I do not carry any bantams.

    Harley's Girl: These girls lay very well for me, when you have room and wish to order some, just send me a PM. Sometimes I have eggs even when I neglect to advertise.

    -Kim
     
  6. Iceblink

    Iceblink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wolf-Kim, beautiful birds. I plan to get Dorkings in the near future, I've been drooling over them for a while now.

    Can you tell me please; how loud are your birds, relatively? Are your hens very nice? How often do they go broody?

    Thanks.
     
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Iceblink: Thank you for the wonderful comments. I carry several breeds and the Dorkings do not make themselves noticed for their noise level. The rooster's crows are quieter than my two Jersey Giant roosters and no louder than my Mottled Java. They are louder than my Sumatras, but I think there is a size difference to take into consideration there. The Dorkings are quite a bit larger than the Sumatras. The hens are very quiet and calm, almost never caught cackling. I can't say never because I know I've caught them once or twice in the couple of years cackling while laying an egg. I have NEVER had an aggression issue with a Dorking rooster, and my hens are calm and laid back enough for me to grab them while they peck at my feet. Chicks tend to be a bit flighty, but I do not handle them often. I think many breeds are more flighty as chicks because they are raised in a brooder box looking at walls, only to be interrupted by a giant hand replacing their food and water. LOL

    The one very unique factor about Dorking hens that makes me think they would be better, "neighbor-friendly" chickens, is that the hens almost always lay in the afternoon. All my other hens lay 9-10 in the morning, but my Dorkings seem to lay after 12, usually around 3-4 PM. If they cackle, they cackle while laying eggs, and instead of rousing the sleeping neighbor, they are cackling while the children are getting off the bus or the family is still at work and school.

    As for going broody, my experience with the Dorkings, is that the hens start laying much earlier in the season than my other breeds. Then as the other breeds are starting to get in their laying cycle, the Dorkings begin to go broody. If you have one Dorking hen, or any other hen that is housed with your Dorkings, go broody, it is best to remove them from the group. If one hen goes broody, the rest of the Dorkings like to jump on the band wagon. I had 2-3 of my hens go broody last year all about the same time. Instead of collecting eggs, I was throwing hens out of their nest, trying to break their broodiness.

    If you allow their eggs to accumulate, Dorkings will go broody at least once a year. I found that by collecting eggs twice and day and making sure the fake eggs are distributed one to a nest, I can usually keep them laying.


    They really are a great all round bird and I think many people fail to realize it. They are one of my most reliable layers, they grow quick, forage well, and go broody.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

    -Kim
     
  8. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    What color eggs do they lay? They are just gorgeous chickens, and are they big egg layers? I made my preliminary order out to Cackle, but I don't know . . . .after seeing these and your description sounds so nice.
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They lay white to off-white eggs. Most of mine lay white eggs, but when I brought in Sandhills stock, their hens laid an off-white egg. The egg size also ranges, most eggs are medium to medium large.

    I hope to improve the egg size in the future, some of the hens I brought into the flock, laid very large eggs and I plan to get more of that stock into my flock. A couple hens that I first acquired from a gentleman, I think he got them from a commercial hatchery, they lay golf-ball sized eggs, these were combined with the bloodline that has larger eggs and my current size is pretty medium. Working on it, but not quite into the large yet. [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  10. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What colors of the dorkings do you breed??? I am hoping to get some of them in the future...
     

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