Breed Name: Dorking
Profile: The Dorking is a very ancient British breed believed to have its ancestry rooted back in Roman Britain where five-toed Dorking like breeds were described in texts from AD 47. It is a very heavy breed but there is no evidence as yet to suggest that, as in the case of other giant chickens, it is in any way related to the huge breeds originating from Asia. Well established in the early nineteenth century it made a significant contribution to the development of other table breeds.
Behaviour and upkeep: Because of its huge size and its loose feathering, spacious housing is required if the birds are to maintain a good look. They do not need much in terms of outdoor space and are quite content within a fixed run however care must be taken to avoid them becoming fat through lack of exercise. They can become tame if handled calmly but their size should be considered carefully if thinking of having them as pets. The hens tend only to lay during the spring and summer and fertility can present a challenge for anyone wishing to breed from a flock.
Plumage/Colours: Silver grey, Red, White, Dark, Cuckoo
Eyes: Bright red
Comb: Single, large or Rose
Feet & legs: Featherless, five toes
Large Fowl 10-14lb (4.55-6.35kg)
Bantam 40-48oz (1130-1360g)
Large Fowl 8-10lb (3.60-4.55kg)
Bantam 32-40oz (910-1130g)
Egg production – Low to medium
Egg Colour – Tinted
Classification – Heavy; Soft Feather