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Dorking Bantam Chickens

Dorking

Ancient; believed to have been introduced to England by Romans -- based primarily on a description by a Roman writer of a chicken with five toes.






Characteristics: The Dorking has a rectangular body set on very short legs. It is five toed and has a relatively large comb, thus requiring protection in extremely cold weather. Dorkings are good layers and are one of the few instances where a bird with red earlobes lays a white shelled egg. Most Dorking hens will go broody, make good mothers and are quite docile. Because of their white skin, Dorkings are not as popular in the U.S. as in Europe. Adaptable to confinement or free range. Calm & docile and more easily handled.



  • Standard Weights: Cock-36 oz; Hen-32 oz; Cockerel-32 oz; Pullet-28 oz.
  • Varieties: Silver Gray, White, Colored
  • Skin Color: Yellow
  • Egg Shell Color: White
  • Use: Exhibition
  • Origin: Italy but developed further in England




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