As a table fowl, the Dorking chicken has few peers. They are excellent winter layers, but like to sit and raise chicks rather than laying more eggs. They are happy to raise chicks from other hens. Good foragers. The Livestock Conservancy.
ORPINGTON CHICKEN BREEDS Originally from England. This is a heavy set bird and because of its size is not flighty. They are lovely, docile chickens and therefore make excellent pets as well as a breed for the novice chicken keeper. Orpingtons lay 220 - 240 eggs a year, making it another good breed for egg layers.