Breed Rating (19 Reviews)
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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Latest Reviews For Faverolle (5 of 19)
My best friends - Carl,
I have two Faverolle's Mavis Salmon and Mable blue laced and I have to say I love them loads. I get 6 eggs a week from both and they love a cuddle. They get on great with my two Cochins Madge and Maisie. They do great in all weathers and love a nice snack. Mavis loved to sit on my shoulder! The two slight issues with them, Mavis goes broody every 5 weeks since spring without fail so no eggs and lots of battles to get her out for food and they can be loud when they do their 'just laid an egg song or see me coming' only had them a year but would always have this breed.
Adorable! - Ollie,
I had a pair of Salmon Faverolles Bantams until a few days ago, where they (and the rest of my flock) met a foxy end. They were by far the friendliest of the group, and would crowd around my legs when it was food time. They had the most adorable muffling imaginable, and they were practically the perfect chicken. It would have been nice if they laid a little more (thought they did very well between them), but I didn't mind to much, as the other chickens managed to compensate for that. The one went broody, without fail, almost perpetually in the spring and summer times, but I never did get to rear any chicks with her, although I could tell she was going to be a perfect mother. The most friendly chickens imaginable, if a little silly (their antics were very funny to watch).
All Round Chickens - Steve,
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,
I have one cockeral and four girls. They are so addictive, just love them.
Characters - Chook,
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.
Breeder Clubs for Faverolle
British Faverolles Society
Telephone: 01782 839881
British Waterfowl Association
Telephone: 01892 740212
Domestic Waterfowl Club
Telephone: 01488 638014
Scottish Waterfowl Club
Telephone: 01848 331696