Faverolle Chickens

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Faverolles originate from the village of Faverolles in Northern France and were created from a mix of several different breeds of hen, Dorking, Brahma, Crvecoeur, Houdan, Coucou de Rennes and possibly the Cochin! The first true description of the breed came in 1893 and the salmon variation appeared later in 1895. They were bred specifically for meat production but they also produce a good number of eggs so are true dual-purpose birds. They have a broad, square body with small wings, a single upright comb, short neck, a striking beard and muffling. The head is broad and round and the eyes are reddish bay. The pinkish legs are sparsely feathered with the feathering concentrated on the outer toe. They have five toes, the fifth one points upwards.


They are quiet, friendly, gentle birds that can actually become very affectionate towards their keepers and are an ideal breed for children. They are alert, active birds and the hens make very good broodies and mothers. The hens will actually lay prolifically over winter. Chicks grow quickly and develop fast on high quality food and will forage happily from an early age. They thrive in a run and are not good fliers so the fencing doesn\'t have to be very high. They are able to cope with damp grass better than chickens with more heavily feathered legs and feet but do suffer badly from Scaly Leg mite which causes terrible irritation to the birds. They require high quality feed to maximise meat production. The cocks can weigh in at around 11lb which makes them very good table birds. The small comb and thick feathering make them ideal for cold conditions. Like many other large breeds of hen, they are prone to being bullied by other hens if kept together with other varieties. They live for around 5-7 years.


The breed actually comes in three different types - the original French Faverolles, The German Faverolles and The British type with the following colours - Black, blue (laced), buff, cuckoo, ermine, salmon, white.

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           All Round Chickens

- Steve, 20 May 2013

We have kept/bred Faverolles (Slamon) for many years, they are hardy reliable egg layers and meat birds. Their added advantage is that you can sex chicks very early due to the dark markings on the cock birds wings

           Salmon Faverolle

- Maureen, 22 June 2012

I have one cockeral and four girls. They are so addictive, just love them.


- Chook, 25 January 2012

I have 2 hens and a cockerel. The hens are big characters, very greedy and lazy, good with kids. The cockerel is friendly and gentle and amazingly I have never heard him crow, he makes a gentle low warble occasionally but thats it.The hens too don't vocalise much other than gentle low warbling sounds unlike my other hens who are constantly wittering and shrieking at each other if they find something tasty to eat. They don't tend to mix with the other hens much, they just go around in their own little group.

           Best friend

- Maureen, 15 December 2011

I have a trio of faverolles and they follow you around the garden. so relaxing. Do not ask for much and are quite and docile. Children love them.

           A Must Have!

- Donna, 14 December 2011

I love Faverolles. They are great egg layers, gentle, amusing, and will even go for a walk with you! They do tend to go broody and make good mums. They love to wonder so please do not restrict their space, and this will help with garden friendliness, but if you're having a BBQ watch out otherwise they will pinch your burger!! My children loved them. Sadly I moved abroad and had to give them to a new home. I really miss my girls.


Breeders Clubs for Faverolles

British Faverolles Society

E-mail: nicolawilliams991@hotmail.com

Website: www.faverolles.co.uk

Tel: 01782 839881

British Waterfowl Association

E-mail: info@waterfowl.org.uk

Website: www.waterfowl.org.uk

Tel: 01892 740212

Domestic Waterfowl Club

E-mail: hatcher579@btinternet.com

Website: www.domestic-waterfowl.co.uk/

Tel: 01488 638014

Scottish Waterfowl Club

Website: www.scottishwaterfowlclub.co.uk

Tel: 01848 331696

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