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A large, five-toed, breed of chicken, similar to the type noted by the Romans when they invaded Britain. There are several colour varieties, but the most common are the 'Silver-Grey' and 'White'. The former are silver-white in colour, while the males have jet-black breasts, underparts, thighs and tail. The plumage of both the male and female White Dorking is snow white and free of any mottling. The comb of the Silver-Grey male should be single while the Whites have a rose comb. The hens have a moderate single comb, which often falls over their face. The legs are free of feathering, short and strong. Dorset's are a dual purpose breed - the hens laying about 200 eggs, which have a pinkish tinge, a year. They are now classified as a vulnerable breed and have their own breeders club. Contact: Heather Bank, Hillings Lane, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6AU. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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