Category: Standard Chickens
The Faverolles is a breed of chicken that originated from France. It takes its name from a village called Faverolles that is located in Eure-et-Loire region situated southwest of Paris. This breed was developed by crossing various chicken breeds with the aim of increasing production qualities. The chicken breeds used in crossing include Brahma, Flemish Cuckoo, Dorking, Malines, French Rennes and the Houdan. Faverolles are among the favorite chicken breeds around, the Salmon Faverolles is the most common variety.
Faverolles are wonderful odd-looking breed, with a beard, muffs, feathered feet that contain five toes per foot. Particularly the hens of the Salmon Faverolles are quite beautiful with fluffy white faces and snow breasts; they got lovely back with honeyed salmon color and with white lacing.
This breed of chicken comes in a variety of colors, but in America only the white and the salmon varieties are widely common. The male Faverolles are much lighter than the females wheaten than the females of the other breeds.
The British Faverolles cock can weigh about 4.5 kg 9 lb, 3.4 – 4.5 kg, 8 - 9 lb for the cockerels, 3.4 – 4.3, 8+ lb, for the hens, and 3 – 4 kg 7+ lb for the pullets.
Generally Faverolles are medium-sized and with deep compact body, they have feathered toes and shanks, and beards.
The Faverolles roosters quite calm and dignified, making them good roosters for home flock as they are not aggressive as the others. The Faverolles will lay medium-sized eggs that are light brown or cream in color; they lay in prolific numbers and are good winter layers too.
The Faverolles are somehow shy and sweet-natured, but they are so docile that they find themselves at the bottom of pecking order when they are in a mixed flock.
The Faverolles fluffy appearance makes it easy for one to overlook the fact that the breed was mainly developed to manage the winter egg laying and meat production.
The hens are quite excellent sitters and mothers, and the breed will produce fine roasters and broilers. They combine hardiness, early maturity, and great egg-laying with superior flesh qualities. A Faverolles hen with good management can lay four eggs per week. They are a good dual purpose chicken breed.