Faverolles are beautiful birds with their chubby faces and have a wonderful personality. They come in truly stunning colours.
The Faverolles is a French breed of chicken. The breed was developed in the 1860s in the Loire area of France in the vicinity of the villages of Houdan and Faverolles. The breed was given the name of the latter village, and therefore, the singular is also Faverolles, not Faverolle.
Faverolles were originally bred in France as a utility fowl, used for both eggs and meat; but are now primarily raised for exhibition.
Faverolles reached the UK in 1886 where the breed was furthered altered to meet exhibition standards when British breeders developed a type of Faverolles that possessed longer, higher raised tail feathers than their German and French Cousins.
Faverolles are classified as a heavy breed and have a beard, muffs, feathered feet, and five toes per foot, rather than the usual four. Faverolles are well adapted both to confinement or free range. When battery cages began to be used at the very beginning of the twentieth-century, Faverolles tolerated the close confinement better than the Houdan breed.
The Faverolles was the primary breed that produced eggs for the Paris market during the early part of the century. Although primarily kept today as an ornamental and exhibition breed, it remains an excellent layer, as well as a fine meat chicken. The most common colour is Salmon (see image below).
The plumage of salmon females is mainly brown and creamy white. The males are darker, with black, brown, and straw-coloured feathers. Other varieties, including white, black, ermine, cuckoo, splash, and blue, also exist. Hens are good winter layers of medium-sized, light brown to pinkish eggs.
Some cocks are the quietest of all breeds, and Faverolles are also known for being extreme docile. As a result, they might get bullied in a mixed flock for being so gentle and friendly. They thrive in groups with other Faverolles, or perhaps, with other docile breeds such as the Sussex. Because of their gentleness Faverolles have become a popular breed of chicken to keep as a pet, especially for children.
They are also enjoying increasing popularity with people who kept small home flocks, who favour dual purpose breeds that are well suited to both egg production and use as meat. Faverolles are considered to be very good layers, a well-cared for Faverolles hen will lay approximately four eggs per week.
The British Poultry Standards specify that adult cocks (roosters) should weigh between nine and eleven pounds, hens should weigh between seven and a half pounds and nine and a half pounds.
The Australian and United States standards call for a slightly smaller bird, but still a relatively large chicken. The Australian standard specifies that cocks weight from eight to ten pounds, hens six and a half to eight and a half pounds. The American Poultry Association standard is eight pounds for cocks, six pounds for hens.