Bantam Dorking Chickens

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 10th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I just purchased three bantam Dorking chickens and want to tell you all about them. Learn more about Dorking chickens.

Dorking Chickens

Dorking Chickens come in two sizes, the standard and the smaller bird known as the bantam. There are several unique features of the Dorking Chicken.

They have red ear lobes but lay white eggs. This in contrast with the general rule of thumb in which hens with red ear lobes normally lay brown eggs.

They have five toes instead of four.

Dorking chickens have white skin and are considered to be a dual purpose breed, being used for meat and eggs.

My New Dorking Rooster

Every spring and fall there are a few auctions for chickens and other poultry and farm animals. Sometimes you might be wanting a certain type of bird only to find there are none at that particular auction, or their prices go too high at bidding time.

I was somewhat familiar with Dorking chickens and noticed a box of three at the auction my wife and I attended recently. I bid on a few birds earlier but prices were quite high so backed out, but did manage to get this rooster and two hens for $18 each (Canadian).

I suspect the rooster will fill out more as the spring turns into summer, and hope to get better pictures because his colors are really nice.

He is called a Silver Gray Dorking, they also come in white and red but this is the most common color pattern.

About Bantam Dorking Chickens

The rooster is in front with the two hens in the back, they are well colored for hiding in the forest.

The bantam Dorkings weigh just under 3 pounds for most roosters with hens being smaller.

They are seasonal layers, meaning they do not lay eggs in the winter.

Hens are said to be very good at brooding their own eggs so hopefully in a while I will be able to share pictures of chicks with you!

As with all chickens, they should be fed a proper laying ration and can have chicken scratch as a daily treat. I have already found the rooster to be friendly and will come forward eagerly (without aggression) to get scratch.

I have a small coop shelter for them, but so far they prefer to roost on branches within their enclosure at night.


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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
10th May 2013 (#)

Interesting my dear friend. Do the chickens wake you early in the morning?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th May 2013 (#)

To Terry.
I have to be at work at 8 am so I am awake early, but on my days off I can sleep through the crowing, in fact I rather like the natural sounds.

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author avatar Mariah
10th May 2013 (#)

Bring on the chicks.. and their beautiful photographs when they

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th May 2013 (#)

Sounds like busy times ahead...:0) wonderful share, thank you Mark...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th May 2013 (#)

how marvellous Mark...

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10th May 2013 (#)


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author avatar pohtiongho
17th May 2013 (#)

Why is the rooster always in front of the hens? Does it have anything to do with leadership?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th May 2013 (#)

The rooster is in front of the hens in my pictures because he is more friendly and not afraid. He is "the boss" so also is trying to get treats from me!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd May 2013 (#)

I'm mad about chickens, all chickens. I didn't know abut this breed Mark. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
23rd May 2013 (#)

Hello my friend. This was a very interesting write on the Dorking chickens...loved it! They are absolutely gorgeous! I adore the sounds of an old rooster crowing in the morning and the chatter of the old chickens in the yard. Thank you for sharing! Mary Jo

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author avatar pohtiongho
28th May 2013 (#)

Mary: The roosters don't have a clock. How do they know the time?

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author avatar James Sirois
28th May 2013 (#)

That is so cool! I had never heard of a Dorking chicken before. Are they friendly? My granddaughter loves chickens.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th May 2013 (#)

To James. Our Dorking Chickens, which are bantams, are actually very friendly.

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author avatar Miss Dance
20th Jun 2013 (#)

Interesting.. We have chickens too but i've never encountered this breed!

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