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.
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08/11/2018 by Andrea
Hi Fionna, We have at long last had time to get Minka’s enclosure put together. It is awesome, plenty of room to add some climbing things for her. It arrived up here super fast with no hassles. Thank you so much.Many thanks
08/11/2018 by Margaret
needed to buy spare gate set it arrived perfectly packaged and very promptly. Great service thank you
05/11/2018 by Sandra
Perfect, exactly what I was after, and good solid eggs as well, not cheap hollow ones.
04/11/2018 by Jaco
Prior to acquiring these excellent cartons we were always struggling to keep up with our girl's offerings! Now they are kept safe and well presented as they deserve.
A great product from a great team.
02/11/2018 by Allister
Great service. Eglu easy to put together, the run part took longer than I expected. However just timeconsuming as opposed to complicated. Chickens seem very happy and cosy in their new home.
02/11/2018 by Janis
We bought an extra Omlet fence to give our hens more space. Handy to have more than one gate.
28/10/2018 by Lea
Great little unit, seriously good for what I put in it. Pheasants hatched well. Chooks and Quails were a breeze. Had a small issue with the egg disk trying to fit pheasant eggs into the small holes. They really do not fit, quails eggs do but not pheasant eggs sorry. This small issue was worked through very professionally and generously by Appletons and Brinsea agents. Very satisfied with their options and answers to the problem. Would definitely recommend this company and all of their products and services any day.
23/10/2018 by Casey
Easy to use, made the hen house smell great, the girls were back in by nightfall and not a mite in sight.
22/10/2018 by Lesley
Appletons offer excellent service and are a pleasure to deal with.
22/10/2018 by Brendon
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