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.
Always buy eggs & supplies from Appletons as your team is fantastic & hatching eggs always have very high hatching rates!
23/10/2017 by Sandra
brilliant product up until purchase of these was writing date on eggs..no need to now and it looks great
19/10/2017 by Brenda
After using heat lamps for the last few years, we changed to the heatplate. Wow! Wish wed done this a lot sooner. The chicks love it and the power consumption is massively reduced. Speedy service and delivery.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Once again, excellent service and communication. Really can't recommended the team at Appleton's enough. Eggs securly packaged and arrived safe and sound. Fingers crossed for a good hatch.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Great way to make sure the eggs get used in date order. Looks great on the kitchen worktop too!
11/10/2017 by Andrew
Prompt deliver, and the girls used it straight away! Thank so much!
10/10/2017 by Angeline
Me and the kids collected our 6 x 14 week old pullets after building our own coop and run together - a happy day after a couple of years without chooks. All hens happy and healthy and settling in well to their new home : )
08/10/2017 by Mark
I have dealt with Appletons quite a few times now. The delivery service is wonderful. Always so quick and the products are of a very high standard. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.
06/10/2017 by Stephanie
Our new Omlet Eglu Go and chicken fencing is fantastic and so are all the wonderful food and health products we bought through Appletons for our rescued battery hens. After just two weeks, our little flock is free range, happy and laying eggs. Testament to the great products recommended on your website.
05/10/2017 by Theresa
I love my new black egg skelter, it arrived quickly and looks so smart sitting on the bench!
01/10/2017 by Maree
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