Their looks, character and distinctive white, elongated eggs make them a delight to have foraging in our backyard.
Classification: Heavy Breed
This lovely old heritage breed is a delight to keep. As each year passes we love our dorkings more and more. We keep the silver-grey variety and enjoy the contract in looks between the cockerels and the pullets. The roosters mature out to be handsome, large bodied, impressive birds that make excellent eating. If crossed with Indian game they make the even better table birds. The hens are very attractive and silver grey in colour with a deep chestnut breast and compliment the solid colouring of the males. All dorkings should carry the famous 5 toes on each foot so avoid breeding with any that have less or more. The dorkings have ancient roots going back to the time of the Roman invasion of Britian. Some folk say they were there when the Romans arrived others say they were brought by the invaders – either way the dorking is a very different bird today than it was 2000 years ago. Dorkings love to forage and we have found they lay better if they have daily access to free range. They are hardy birds and the hens make good broodies. We find the chicks to be initially slower growing than some of the other breeds and do best if hatched out earlier on in the season. They are the only heavy breed with red earlobes to lay a white egg.
Great selection of products, great service and fast delivery. Thank you, will be a happy returning customer.
21/05/2019 by Guest
Fantastic product.... a few more pieces and a little more time consuming to put together than I anticipated but were absolutely delighted with the end product.
We are already looking at other Omlet items to add to / accessorise our enclosure.
Would highly reccomend
16/05/2019 by Adam
Our cat carry cages arrived very quickly and were easy to assemble. thanks
11/05/2019 by Guest
As usual the service was excellent and the delivery was so quick. Thank you very much and I highly recommend dealing with Appletons for all poultry needs. Heather-Ann Smith Kaikoura
09/05/2019 by Guest
We recently bought the Eglu Cube chicken coup and assembled it on Saturday. Great instructions and impressed with the quality. It looks fab and Nigella, Chelsea and Nadia love their new home. Thank you Wendy
05/05/2019 by Guest
We recently ordered online the Eglu Cube (Green) and a few accessories. Found your website really helpful and easy to use. Almost immediately we were contacted to confirm our address as we are semi rural. This ensured delivery was smooth and timely. It did take a while to set up but instructions online were great. Our 5 feathered friends have settled in well and they are laying well. Often find them at the coop during the day or waiting there for us to close the door in the evening. Very easy to clean, which was our main issue with the old wooden one. Thank you.
05/05/2019 by Elizabeth
Good communication, very prompt service and rural delivery. Easy assembly and our guinea pigs are adjusting well to their new house.
Thanks so much.
01/05/2019 by Guest
Recently we purchased chooks and several other items from Appletons .The owners were very informative and helpful with many suggestions and answers to our endless questions.Very happy with our purchases and certainly made the right choice shopping at Appletons.even had some double yolkers this week ,thankyou
30/04/2019 by Guest
The henhouse arrived promptly,went together easily, and the hens worked out how to scale the ramp and explore the house very quickly. Thank you for a quality product. Jane Woodhall
22/04/2019 by Guest
As usual I was completely satisfied from the communications to delivery to the quality of the chickens. A truly well run operation from A to Z. Highly recommended. From Randolf Holst 4/22/2019
22/04/2019 by Guest
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