Their looks, character and distinctive white, elongated eggs make them a delight to have foraging in our backyard.
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 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.
Just a note to say that I have picked up the hens and got them home. They are beautiful and so well packaged. Mainfreight staff was very impressed, as was I. I am trying to coax them out of the box and into their new house but they are happy in the box! I will have to give them a push I think! Again, very many thanks to everyone involved with this purchase.
10/05/2018 by Alison
Excellent service - as always
02/05/2018 by Maggy
I had to let you know what a difference your products have made to our chooks. I am amazed and thrilled. I am sure they are too. THANK YOU SO MUCH<
30/04/2018 by chris
thank you for your quick service and products as ordered.
23/04/2018 by Bridget
Hi Fionna and Gordon, We put our piggy palace together this morning. Very happy with it and it went together easily. Thank you!
23/04/2018 by Roberta
We are very happy with this product. We wish we had heard about it sooner, because although the older girls are now not pecking the younger girls, they have gotten into the habit of chasing and the young girls, running. We are sure it will calm down once they realise that they are not going to get plucked. Just a point - got some kick-back spray into my face and even I don't want to peck at the chickens - LOL. Regards, Jeanette
16/04/2018 by Jeanette
Thanks for making it so easy to purchase chook food online and to conveniently pick it up in town. 10/10.
10/04/2018 by Sue
I buy regularly online. Process is very easy. Product is excellent. And I enjoy and look forward to my regular chats with Val when I pick up the food from her place. Thanks.
09/04/2018 by Sue
Just wanted to let you know that we were over the moon with our chook house!!! It took about 15 mins to put up. So straightforward!! Had anticipated hours of working things out. Now fencing off our orchard to give our girls a good sized run.Thanks again for all your wonderful help and info!!! Would thoroughly recommend to anyone else.
03/04/2018 by Val
This is the 3rd time of buying products from Appletons. Their website is pretty easy to use and the delivery very quick and not overly expensive. I have purchased chicken food and an Omlet fence both of which I am very satisfied with. And finally if you have to have a chat with them, they are really friendly and obliging. Full Marks Appletons!
02/04/2018 by Cherryle
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