Archive for July, 2013

Dorking Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Dorking is a breed of chicken that is believed to have originated in Italy during the period of the Roman Empire and was introduced in Britain at the time of the Roman conquest, making it one of the oldest English breeds. Both the Roman agricultural writer Columella and Pliny, the famous natural philospher, wrote of the unusual, five-toed bird. Although Caesar noted that poultry was already raised in Britain prior to his invasions in 55–54 BC, the Dorking is believed to have been introduced in Great Britain by the Romans at an early date where much of its development continued to take place.

The Dorking has a rectangular body with very short, five-toed legs. As with all single comb poultry, the comb points may require protection in extremely cold weather. Dorkings are also well known for their versatility as a breed for both egg and meat production. It is one of the few breeds with red earlobes that produces a white-shelled egg. Furthermore, the breed is very docile.

The Dorking is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have it in the lovely Silver Gray variety seen above.

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Faverolles Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Faverolles is a French breed of chicken. The breed was developed in the 1860s in north-central France, in the vicinity of the villages of Houdan and Faverolles. The breed was given the name of the latter village and, therefore, the singular is also Faverolles, not Faverolle. Faverolles were originally bred in France as a utility fowl, used for both eggs and meat but are now primarily raised for exhibition. When Faverolles reached the UK in 1886, the breed was further altered to meet exhibition standards – British breeders developed a type of Faverolles which possessed longer, higher raised tail feathers than their German and French Cousins.

Faverolles are classified as a heavy breed and have a beard, muffs, feathered feet and five toes per foot, rather than the usual four. Faverolles are well adapted both to confinement or free range. The Faverolles was the primary breed which produced eggs for the Paris market during the early part of the century. Although primarily kept today as an ornamental and exhibition breed, it remains an excellent layer, as well as a fine meat chicken. Hens are good winter layers of medium-sized, light brown to pinkish eggs. The cocks are the quietest of all breeds and Faverolles are also known for their extreme docility. Because of their gentleness Faverolles have become a popular breed of chicken to keep as a pet, especially for children. They are also enjoying increasing popularity with people who keep small home flocks.

The Faverolles chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have it in the extremely popular and attractive Salmon variety.

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