They are Silver Grey Dorkings and have just come into lay. They have the prettiest markings & colourings and lay pure white eggs.
We bought them on Saturday after finding the Devonshire Traditional Breed Centre at Crediton and I now can’t imagine us getting birds anywhere else. They carry up 50 diferent breeds, hatching out thousands of eggs a year and the quality & care that goes into the housing, pens and most importantly health care of the birds is tremendous.
These 2 have been vaccinated against things I’ve never even heard of and sadly one disease we know a bit too much about. We recently lost one of our Marans pullets to Mareks Disease, a nasty branch of the herpes virus which ended up with her starving to death due to a large internal tumour. This means that all our others chooks have been exposed to it and we may well lose some more yet. The vaccination can only be given in the first 24 hours following hatching so there is nothing we can do to protect our flock.
The Marans were bought from an auction and I would urge anyone who is relatively new to this game to find a local breeder that you can trust and stick to them. Buying on a whim at an auction may seem like the cheaper option but you may be bringing home more than a couple of new chooks.