Australian Dorking

The Dorking is arguably one of our oldest breeds of domestic chicken. Columella, a Roman historian writing at Caesar's time, describes a heavy-bodied five toed fowl seen in Britain. Dorkings were certainly well known as an old breed when Victorian gentlemen started to write of poultry in the 1800's, with many writers noting their utility qualities for both eggs and meat. Along with the Sussex, they were central to the trade in fattened capons supplied to the London market in the late 1800's to early 1900's, and were renowned for their fine white flesh and excellent eating qualities.