The Dorking has a rectangular body with very short, five toed legs. It is one of the very few breeds that has red earlobes and lays a white egg. They are known as a versatile dual purpose breed. the hens will go broody and make good mothers. The males make good free range fryers.
I am also using this breed to create the crossbred free range birds that will be available in 2014
Heritage Rhode Island Red Chicks Hatched 02/21/2013. Breeding Stock from Gary Underwood.
These birds are a much deeper and darker red than the standard "feed store" chicks. They are a good dual purpose breed that lays a medium to large brown egg. They tend to be very personable and follow me around the barn at feeding time. The bird below is a 13 week old cockeral. Eggs and Chicks are available now, as well as some started birds.
Heritage Rhode Island Red Cockerel at 13 weeks. He is a much darker color in person!
I do occasionally have eggs available from these birds. They are quite wide and heavy and actually fairly good layers for Cornish. They don't lay like a Rhode Island Red, but they are a very meaty bird that is often hard to find. You can order Dark Cornish from a mail order hatchery, but the finished product will look nothing like these.
My Barred Plymouth Rocks came form eggs shipped in from Good Shepherd Farms, Frank Reese Jr. In addition, I have eggs from Kraig Shaffer in the incubator and due on June 12 to add some diversity to my flock.
A link to Good Shepherd Farms: www.goodshepherdpoultryranch.com/
Straight run chicks should be available in February. BR Chicks will be $2.50 each, hatching eggs will be $20.00 per dozen and can be picked up or shipped to the lower 48 states. The cockeral pictured is 6 months old and shows the barring and size you can expect. We use Barred Plymouth Rocks to create our Black Sex Link chicks.