Dorkings

A Silver Grey Dorking male
Photo © Chris d'Orgeix

This ancient breed was brought to England by the Romans. It is a heavy bird with a large, square frame, single or rose comb, and fifth toe. The American Poultry Association recognizes Silver-Gray, Colored, Red, and White Dorkings. The British also recognize a Cuckoo variety.

There's a lot more history on this breed to be found on the SPPA's Red Dorking page.

Here's a small booklet on the history and status of the Dorking: The Dorking Cockerel by David Burton, 2013, 20 pp., The Cockerel Press, ISBN: 978-1-909871-02-1. It is available from the Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre.


Breed clubs:

Dorking Breeders Club
Jim Parker
3232 Schooler Rd
Cridersville, Ohio 45806
e-mail: polishman@woh.rr.com

Dorking Club USA

The Dorking Club
Mrs. V. Roberts
Heather Bank, Hillings Lane, Menston, Ilkley,
West Yorkshire LS29 6AU
England
phone: 01943-872660

Dorking Klubben
Claus Jensen Oestergade
33 DK 6500
Vojens
Denmark
tel.: +4574590575
e-mail: cjvojens@get2net.dk

L'Amicale des Dorkings de France
Nicolas Alarion
vert coteau
87170 Isle, France
tel 00.33 (0)5.55.36.16.93

Nederland Sussex, Orpington en Dorking Club -- in Dutch only


And here's Asger Pedersen's Dorking page, for those who can read Danish (or you can just look at the pictures).

South Yeo Farm East

Dorkings at Yellow House Farm

Dorking Breeders Group Australasia

Flip Flop Ranch

Dorkings at Our Flybabies

Kergotu Dorkings is in English and French

Red Dorkings at Horstman's Poultry


"Isadora Dorking," my Silver Grey hen

A Single Combed Red Dorking male
Photo © Chris d'Orgeix

Note the Dorking fifth toe
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A Spangled Dorking female
Photo © Chris d'Orgeix

A pair of Colored Dorkings
Photo © Chris d'Orgeix

Two Rose Combed Cuckoo Dorking cockerels
Photo © Chris d'Orgeix

Two Dorking males, a Red on the left and a Silver Grey on the right

Bantam Colored Dorking roosters
Photos courtesy of Jim Parker

A pair of young Crele Dorkings
Photos © Chris d'Orgeix

Fawn and Single-Laced Fawn Dorking roosters
Photos courtesy of Teresa Carman

A Rose Comb White Dorking cockerel

Another Silver Grey Dorking hen
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

Dark Dorkings from France
Photos courtesy of Nicolas Alarion

A trio of Silver Grey Dorkings, with an Orloff pullet for contrast
Photo courtesy of Pam Marshall

Dun Dorking males
Photos courtesy of Teresa Carman

Dun Dorking females
Photos courtesy of Teresa Carman

Red Dorking females, with a Rose Comb bird on the left

A pair of Rose Comb Cuckoo Dorkings

A Red Dorking male from France
Photos courtesy of Nicolas Alarion

Rosecomb White, SC White and RC Tawny Dorking roos
Photos courtesy of Teresa Carman

A pair of Red Dorking bantams
Photos courtesy of Jim Parker

A Silver Grey cockerel

A Colored Dorking cockerel
Photo courtesy of Pam Marshall

A pair of Black Dorkings
The male has too much light coloring on him to be show quality
Photos courtesy of Ron and Debbie Skinner

A Silver Grey Dorking bantam rooster
Photo courtesy of Sue Flude


A Silver-Gray Dorking chick

More SG Dorking chicks
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

Two Silver Grey Dorking chicks, from the side and above
Photos courtesy of Pam Marshall

Color sexing Silver Grey Dorking day-old chicks: pullet on the left
Photo © Johnny Frank Sørensen

Dun Dorking chicks
Photo courtesy of Teresa Carman

"Isadora Dorking" with a brood of Silver Grey Dorking chicks, plus a couple Andalusians

Here's a pair of four-week-old Silver Greys, showing the color difference in the sexes at this age -- female on the left
Photos courtesy of Katrin Stricker


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