Originating in Britain the Dorking is a very unusual chicken. Some say the bird dates back to the time of the Roman invasion of Britain. The bird is a good meat bird and layer and it is one of the few breeds that have five toes instead of the normal four toes. They have stocky bodies, short legs, are good mothers, but due to large combs they require winter shelter.
A dual purpose breed that produces plenty of eggs and a good meat carcass, dorkings are one of the few breeds with red earlobes that also produce a white shelled egg. There are five varieties; white, silver-grey, red, dark,, and cuckoo. The roosters weight around two and a half pounds, the hens around two pounds.