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53 years old
Durham, NC
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Dorking Breeders Club of North America

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I started raising chickens in April 2009. After some debate about which variety to focus on, I'm finally off and running with Red Dorkings now that I have 16 chicks to add to several adults. The genetic diversity would seem to be good with as many as 4-6 males from different families contributing to the pool.

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Reply dalalune
7:46 PM on January 14, 2012 

Don't want to bash Sand Hill's stock, but "excellent" would not be how I would describe the birds that came from them. My biggest issue right now is the temperament of these birds. They are not at all like I had read in so many reviews and articles on Dorkings. They really act more like Leghorns, which is what I am afraid they may have been crossed with at some point in the background. These guys are fierce! Males and females! I cannot allow them to free range because the males are so aggressive. The smallest roo (3rd string) looks more like a Leghorn than a Dorking. Small, upright posture, long legs and mean as a snake! At least the other two are a bit more like the standard. I have pics posted on the Dorking site in an album called Dans La Lune. The pics are not great but I have at least one of each Red roo posted. But their color is gorgeous and I really want to tough it out with these guys. What are the temperaments like with your cockerels? If they are manageable, I would love to get one to work with this season (if it is old enough).
Reply dalalune
8:16 AM on January 14, 2012 
This is very exciting to learn! I understand that the Sussex may actually be a descendent of the Dorking. That kind of cross would seem to make sense, although I was hoping to get stock that was as close to pure breed as possible. However, even the ALBC has guidelines for out-crossing to other breeds when the gene pool gets so thin in an endangered breed. Do you have any adult Red Dorkings available now (especially a roo) or do you anticipate having any chicks this spring? Maybe we could work out a swap of hatching eggs (although you may want to look at the Reds I have as breeders before deciding if they would benefit your flock our not). My stock is out of Sand Hill Preservation in Iowa. This line needs some serious work and I would love to start out with blood from several breeders to get started on this project.
Reply dalalune
4:09 PM on January 13, 2012 
Do you still have Red Dorkings? I am in NC also.