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Dorking Chicken

Overall satisfaction

3/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Both

Appearance

3/5

Temperament

4/5

Hen brooding behavior

3/5

Foraging ability

5/5

Tolerance for heat

3/5

Tolerance for cold

4/5

Meat quantity

4/5

Egg quantity

2/5

Large eggs

3/5

Colorful eggs

3/5

Dorky

By

Ireland

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Of course this hen gets a bad name from the off really; However despite the less than enthralling name for this bird, it holds pride of place among the British to whom they are thought to have been around since Roman times but looked quite different from the Dorking (tee hee) that's been modified to suit the farmyard. As a decent dual purpose fowl who loves a good wonder, we've enjoyed the taste and quality of those medium brown breakfast eggs. Although the quantity (100-120 per year) is not up there with the best, the quality of the yolk and the raised white gives it a superior texture.

You will generally find them scrapping beneath bushes and hedge rows, working harder at foraging than some of the other lay-abouts. If you are short on space this breed will tear your lawn up in next to no time, so best to avoid. A very hardy variety that thrive after a slow and delicate start to their lives, so hatching in early spring will allow for full advantage to be taken of the summer months.

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