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The Dorking is a breed of chicken that is believed to have originated in Italy during the period of the Roman Empire and was introduced in Britain at the time of the Roman conquest, making it one of the oldest English breeds. Both the Roman agricultural writer Columella and Pliny, the famous natural philospher, wrote of the unusual, five-toed bird. Although Caesar noted that poultry was already raised in Britain prior to his invasions in 55–54 BC, the Dorking is believed to have been introduced in Great Britain by the Romans at an early date where much of its development continued to take place.
The Dorking has a rectangular body with very short, five-toed legs. As with all single comb poultry, the comb points may require protection in extremely cold weather. Dorkings are also well known for their versatility as a breed for both egg and meat production. It is one of the few breeds with red earlobes that produces a white-shelled egg. Furthermore, the breed is very docile.
The Dorking is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have it in the lovely Silver Gray variety seen above.