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DorkingrnChickens excel as quality-meat producers. Dorkings have a tender,rnfine-textured, flavorful white meat. They are tolerable egg layers and producern140 eggs a year with maximum outlay during spring and summer. Dorkings have thernunique distinction of existing as one of a few fowl with red earlobes that laysrnwhite eggs; most red ear lobe chickens lay brown eggs. A hardy breed, thernDorking tolerates cold and will work well in the northern latitudes.

rnrnDorkingsrnhave an exceptional, often irritating, brooding instinct. They like to sit onrneggs. Entire flocks have gone on strike preferring to sit on eggs rather thanrnlay them. Of course, their broodiness also translates into good motheringrndispositions. Dorkings have a calm and docile temperament. A forgiving naturernmakes them adaptable to differing living situations. The quiet Dorking fitsrnwell in suburban settings. Owners classify them as shy and gentle birds thatrnhandle confinement with ease while still enjoying a romp in the run.

rnrnDorkingsrnhave a couple unique features that distinguish them from most other chickenrnbreeds. One, they have five toes rather than the common four toes of mostrnchickens. The fifth toe grows on the back of the foot and slopes upward. Two,rnDorkings often sport a huge, six-pointed single comb; although, some variationsrnhave a rose comb. The American Poultry Association recognizes five standardrnplumages for Dorkings: Silver Grey, Dark Red, Cuckoo, and White. Most Dorkingrnranchers own Silver Grey. All colors of the Dorking have striking red eyes,rnlarge combs and wattles, medium earlobes, and white legs.

rnrnThernlarge comb of a Dorking makes them susceptible to frostbite. Some raisers dockrnthe combs. Provide them warm shelter in northern latitudes during the colderrnmonths. An active breed, give your Dorkings spacious room to roam and forage.rnOwners report that Dorkings grow increasingly “weedy” if overly cooped orrncramped. A weedy fowl refers to a sinewy bird which defeats the primarilyrnpurpose of owning a Dorking. Provide Dorking ample nesting spots to accommodaterntheir broodiness. Dorkings grow into a large fowl but mature slowly and needrnfood ad libitum. Restricted diets will permanently stunt their growth.

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