Silver Grey Dorking Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Hatching Eggs' started by bethbug74, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. bethbug74

    bethbug74 The Lady Gadfly

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    I currently have Silver Grey Dorking eggs available.


    Dorkings are thought to be one of the oldest extant breeds of domestic poultry. Columella wrote about birds that fit the modern description of Dorkings very closely, when Roman armies invaded Britain. They are a great dual-purpose, utilitarian breed that is completely sustainable once a flock is established.


    Dorkings have 5 toes, white skin, and very fine textured meat. They have stubby little clean legs, keeping them short despite their large, brick-shaped bodies. The Silver Grey Dorking is the only variety with a flat, single comb - other varieties have rose combs.


    Silver Grey Dorkings are good mothers, lay 4 to 5 round white eggs per week, and mature to about 7 lbs in around 6 months. They do not eat voraciously, so do not grow rapidly, but the extremely high quality of meat produced is worth the wait. They are beautiful, traditional-looking farm fowl, and are very good foragers that keep feed bills low.

    Silver Grey Dorkings can be sexed at hatch. Pullets have a dark "V" on their heads, along with their duckwing (chipmunk) color pattern, and cocks have a lighter head, sometimes with a faint light "V" barely visible. Side by side, it is very easy to differentiate boys and girls, the day after hatch.


    The single most fantastic quality of Silver Grey Dorkings is their phenomenally user-friendly personalities. I have never kept such calm, intelligent, friendly birds. They are extremely docile. Our young rooster happily sits next to us in the garden, on his own chair, and talks to us much like a parrot. I have never heard such unique, happy noises from any other breed of poultry. He has never once offered harm to any human, but is a very watchful flock protector, quickly sounding the alarm and ushering his girls to safety if he spots a threat. Our young pullet as absolutely gorgeous and very sweet as well.


    Silver grey Dorkings are at the top of my list for anyone wishing to start a small backyard flock, regardless of poultry care experience. They seem very hardy and will quickly win over anyone with an "Eww, chickens are ugly, gross and dangerous" mentality, which unfortunately, is common in these Times of Tyson. They will provide a family with completely sustainable meat, eggs, and entertainment, indefinitely.




    Our pair is young and very healthy. They are on 18% NatureWise All Flock, and their water is supplemented with Red Cell, daily.

    I am setting their eggs myself, but only have a single small incubator going at any given time, so I have a couple weeks out of each month during which I can collect eggs for others.

    Since I only have the pair, I am currently selling eggs by the "each." Each egg is $3, or I can send you 6 for $15.
    Shipping is $15 to just about anywhere. No shipping to Alaska or Hawaii...that just doesn't work out well for anyone.

    I can ship about 5 eggs per week right now, tops, but I can collect for you for up to 10 days before hatchability will be affected. I will happily include any extras I have on hand when your order is shipped. I always date hatching eggs the day they are collected, and turn them daily, after candling for cracks. Eggs are never washed.

    Feel free to ask any questions.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  2. welly

    welly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello
    I was just wondering do you ship chicks and if not would you send as little as 3 eggs we just don't have the room but love the breed.
    Thank you.
     
  3. 15shenyl

    15shenyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to have some eggs. Let me look into if I could get some and if I have room to get some. It is $15 for shipping, even to Washington? Also what is the minim you will ship, can we get as many as I want, like if I only wanted 2 or 3 will that be ok?
     
  4. 15shenyl

    15shenyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought of a new question, what is your fertility rate, do most of your eggs seam to hatch? Also, how do you pack for shipping?
     
  5. scrum

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    Would love 6 eggs, would you please add me to your list and possibly give me an update on when they might be available? Thank you
     
  6. Sparkyfam

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    Hello!
    Please add me to your list for 6 eggs. Thanks! If you don't have 6 ready, I would gladly take 3 and some of your crosses as extras!
     
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  7. redneck4life27

    redneck4life27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Id like some eggs are these another breed for meat birds?
     
  8. bethbug74

    bethbug74 The Lady Gadfly

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    I'll try to answer everyone's questions in a single post:

    No, I don't ship chicks. I may later on, but not right now.

    I can ship as few or as many eggs as you'd like. I only have the single hen right now, but get an egg almost every day. I don't want to ship more than 6 at a time right now, just so they aren't too old when you get them. you are welcome to order 1 egg if you want to, but shipping is $15 anywhere in the U.S.

    I am getting good fertility right now, though I do occasionally have an infertile egg, since our roo has a dozen girls to choose from... but I recently put him in an exclusive love nest with his Dorking lady, so that should no longer be a problem.

    I don't have pics of my shipping yet, but I pack in a double-layered box with packing peanuts or newspaper shreds in between, and lots of peanuts for the eggs to swim in, after they are each wrapped in bubble wrap. I do NOT label the box "EGGS." I label it "EXTREMELY FRAGILE- PLEASE HANDLE WITH CARE." I do my best to protect the eggs from extreme temperatures (since this can quickly affect viability) with lots of insulation.

    Sparkyfam: I have a lady who is getting 6 eggs asap, then another who wants eggs shipped on the 1st of April. I could squeeze your order in between the two, I think. I cannot put you on the official calendar for shipment until I receive payment, however. This policy keeps me from holding onto eggs for people who aren't serious about them and letting serious buyers miss out because of it. Paypal addy is [email protected]. As soon as I receive your payment, yours will be the next order collected.

    "redneck4life27":

    This is copied for you from Sandhill Preservation, THE foremost Dorking source as I understand it. Many thanks to them for providing solid information on their site. There are many other sources of information about Silver Grey Dorkings, as well. Please search BYC and google for further info.



    "Dorkings

    Breed notes: An ancient breed having been described by Julius Caesar. Slow growing, but constant and thrifty foragers. All Dorkings make wonderful dual purpose birds for eggs and meat. The egg color is a tinted white. Skin and leg color are white. They all possess a fifth toe. They like to go broody which makes chicks scarce at times. Please be patient. They are notorious for laying during the shorter day-length time of the year so egg production from these can be quite good during the cold Winter days. Living here in Iowa, I have seen them lay quite well in -25 deg.F weather. Once the warmer Spring weather arrives all the members of a particular pen can turn broody within a day or two. They are stubborn and persistent and many times, during the prime Spring hatching season, we are left with few eggs. When ordering this breed, you must understand this trait and not expect your chicks at a specific time.
    Silver Grey Dorking (EB): Ancient breed, males are a silvery white with black, females are a silvery grey with salmon colored breast feathers. They have a single comb with six points. "
     
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  9. spyvsspy99

    spyvsspy99 New Egg

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    I know I have probably waited to late but I would like to buy 6 eggs if you have any.
     
  10. Teamquiche

    Teamquiche New Egg

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    Hello- My name is Kari Rogers... do you still have dorkings?
     

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