Chicken from Roman times
QA friend told me that the Dorking is one of the UKs oldest breeds of chicken. Was he right?
AAndy Cawthray says: In a sense, yes he was. The Dorking is a very ancient British breed believed to have its ancestry rooted back in Roman Britain where five-toed Dorking like breeds were described in texts from AD47. It is a very heavy breed but there is no evidence as yet to suggest that, as in the case of other giant chickens, it is in any way related to the huge breeds originating from Asia. Well established in the early 19th century it made a significant contribution to the development of other table breeds.