An ancient breed having been described by Julius Caesar.  Slow growing, but constant and thrifty foragers.  All Dorkings make wonderful dual purpose birds for eggs and meat.  The egg color is a tinted white.  Skin and leg color are white.  They all possess a fifth toe.  They like to go broody which makes chicks scarce at times.  Please be patient.  They are notorious for laying during the shorter day-length time of the year so egg production from these can be quite good during the cold Winter days.  Living here in Iowa, I have seen them lay quite well in -25 deg. F weather.  Once the warmer Spring weather arrives all the members of a particular pen can turn broody within a day or two.  They are stubborn and persistent and many times, during the prime Spring hatching season, we are left with few eggs.  When ordering this breed, you must understand this trait and not expect your chicks at a specific time.  The worlds smartest mink hit two fold getting  a large chunk of the breeder flocks one week and then hit an entire pen of young replacements the following week.

Black Dorking- A rare color that, in an effort to save it from drastic inbreeding, I crossed with other colors of Dorkings.  We are getting both comb types (rose and single) and, while a predominant number are pure black, some off-colors (principally dark grey and birchen) are showing up. We have maintained this breed since 2009. Chicks $6.00 (15)  



Cuckoo Dorking - Still not perfected but a stocky color version to the breed.  Cuckoo color pattern (grey and white barring). We have maintained this breed since 2011. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Colored Dorking - Slightly variable in color.  Male’s neck and saddle feathers can be silvery to golden straw colored.  The remaining feathers are basically black with light straw lacing. Females will vary from silvery to golden straw with varying chest colors. Color variations occur within this variety.  They have a single comb with six points. We have maintained this breed since 1990 . Chicks $6.00 each (5)

Dark Grey Dorking - Slightly variable in color, but similar to Dark Brahmas in color. We do see other color variations show up. We have maintained this breed since 1990.  Chicks $6.00 each (10) SOLD OUT THROUGH APRIL 21, 2020

Light Grey Dorking- They still need some improvement as to color, but we are continuing to select for the Columbian pattern of white with black neck, tail and wing feathers, off-white eggs. These have not yet been admitted to the APA StandardWe have maintained this breed since 1993. Chicks $6.00 each (5) 

Red Dorking- Excellent quality.  Adults resemble chunky, low to the ground Brown Leghorns.  They have a single comb with 6 points.  Good Winter layers, hardy and disease tolerant.  They have a very old history. We have maintained this breed since 1990. Chicks $6.00 each (5)SOLD OUT THROUGH APRIL 21, 2020

Rose Comb Colored Dorking-  The rose comb version of a very old type that is very hardy and lays well.  Males are a color similar to a Silver Grey only with golden straw colored neck and saddle feathers.  Hens are mostly black with lighter breasts and straw colored lines on the feather shafts.  Some slight variations of this due to the genetics involved can be expected.  These have not yet been admitted to the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (5)

Rose Comb Red Dorking - Rose comb version of Red Dorking.  According to Dorking expert, Craig Russell, we have two lines traditional which the hens are the color of Brown Leghorns and Clays which are more of a Wheaten pattern.  Males look the same, but two colors of hens will occur.  These have not yet been admitted to the APA Standard. We have maintained this breed since 1990    UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 REBUILDING OUR NUMBERS.

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Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729


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