Day Old Silver Gray Dorking Baby Chicks
Hatching March to September.
One of the oldest known breeds, Dorkings are reliable layers, good meat birds, and very cold hardy.
Production: Dorkings are good layers, but have been prized as excellent table birds from the earliest times.
Temperament: Silver Dorking roosters are quite protective of their hens, but the breed overall is friendly, docile, and likes to stay close to home. One of the most frequently mentioned qualities about Silver Dorkings are the fact that the hens make excellent mothers, and have even been known to raise chicks of other breeds.
History: Dorkings are five-toed breeds. Ancient Roman texts mention birds that seem to fit the description of the Dorkings, and it is said that the Romans brought the birds to England. They are named after the English town of Dorking, where they took on the physical characteristics by which they are known today.
The town of Dorking became a production center for the chicken breed of Dorkings. The birds were so highly prized that it was extremely difficult for years to purchase a live bird. It may have even been illegal for breeders in the town of Dorking to sell their stock.
Silver Dorkings are beautiful and practical birds. They will forage but tend to stay near home. The hens are good layers, but will certainly go broody, and will hatch and raise chicks quite well. No one is sure when Dorkings first came to the United States, but by the time the American Poultry Association was formed, they were well-distributed across the country and were first admitted into the Standard of Perfection in 1874.
Colors: Silver and black.
Livestock Conservancy Status: Threatened. More breeders are needed to bring this old and beautiful breed to healthy population numbers.
Body Type: Dorkings are heavy birds, with very large combs and very short legs.
Standard Weights: Rooster 9 lbs, Hen 7 lbs, Cockerel 8 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs
APA Class: English