Cattle Goats Horses Sheep Swine poultry Other Species World Region
Slide 1 slide-image-2.jpg slide-image-6.jpg slide-image-4.jpg slide-image-3.jpg slide-image-5.jpg

Department of Animal Science - Oklahoma State University

You are here: Home / poultry / chickens / dorking

Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science

Poultry Breeds - Dorking Chickens

Poultry Breeds - Dorking Chickens



Standard Weights (White): Cock-7-1/2 pounds; hen-6 pounds; cockerel-6-1/2 pounds; pullet-5 pounds.

Standard Weights (Silver Gray and Colored): Cock-9 pounds; hen-7 pounds; cockerel-8 pounds; pullet-6 pounds.

Skin Color: White.

Egg Shell Color: White.

Use: A good, general purpose fowl for producing meat and eggs. It was developed for its especially fine quality meat.

Origin: The Dorking is believed to have originated in Italy, having been introduced into Great Britain at an early date by the Romans. Much of its development took place in England where it gained much acclaim for its table qualities. The Dorking is one of our oldest breeds of chickens.

Characteristics: The Dorking has a rectangular body set on very short legs. It is five toed and has a relatively large comb, thus requiring protection in extremely cold weather. Dorkings are good layers and are one of the few instances where a bird with red earlobes lays a white shelled egg. Most Dorking hens will go broody, make good mothers and are quite docile. Because of their white skin, Dorkings are not as popular in the U.S. as in Europe.


Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison



[Chicken Breeds || Breeds of Poultry || Animal Science Home Page || Comment ]

Copyright © 1996. Oklahoma State University Board of Regents. All rights reserved.
Updated November 14, 1996



We are currently looking for high resolution pictures of any of the breeds.
Please mail your original copies to

Project initiated April, 1994 - Initial web site opened February 22, 1995

Copyright © 1995-2015 Oklahoma State University Board of Regents. All rights reserved.