The Dorking is an ancient and endangered species of chicken. It is the only purely British breed, has five toes instead of four and is the only breed with red earlobes which lays a white-shelled egg. They need the support of small backyard flock owners to ensure their continued existence.
Dorkings have been documented as far back as Roman times. The Romans brought this chicken to England where it was selectively bred.
Dorkings are an easily-tamed and friendly breed. Despite their large size, they are good fliers. They are very good egg layers. They need to be well-fed and given sufficient space in order for them to grow to their full potential. It takes about two years for a Dorking to reach maturity.