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Faverolles Salmon

Salmon Created by jimnjay

Breed Information, Comments, and Experience with breed:

Faverolles are packed with personality, beautiful to look at and wonderful layers in all seasons. The roosters are consistently gentle and well mannered not only to the hen but to people as well. The hens are laid back as well and they accept newcomers with ease. If one is looking for showy gentle chickens this is the breed to have. The are excellent layers in cold weather and while they go broody occasionally they are not obsessive about it like the Silkie or Cochin breeds The Faverolles are a French breed, and considered in the continental classification. The breed was developed in the 1850s of composite blood from the Houdon, Brahma, Crêve-Cour and Dorking, which were common fowl of the area. Some references have also been made to the CouCoo and Cochin being used as well. The Faverolles were used as a utility breed known for their excellent table qualities and superior egg laying during winter months. Today they are regarded as a show fowl and are rare in the United States. They are said to be the Peacock of the poultry world for their contrasting color between the sexes and the brilliance of color in the male birds. he Faverolle comes in several color varieties with Salmon being the most recognizable. They are also found in White, Blue, Black and Blue Salmon. The Salmon Faverolle are yet another heritage breed that is listed as critical on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy endangered list.
Description / Information
This hen is a Bantam Salmon Faverolle Variety
This is a young Cockerel Bantam Salmon Faverolle

Comments (4)

Some people say these birds get bullied easily by other chickens. I found this to be true to only a certain degree. If there are other roosters breeds in the same coop they will bully the faverolles. However if there are no other roosters in the hen house except Faverolles(I like to have two faverolle roosters at a time) they will hold their own very well. I also have other chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys in this coop and they are doing great. Just make sure you have enough space for all the birds so they don't feel over crowded. I do love my faverolles but the roosters can and will start crowing really early in the morning, mine start about 4am. I hope that you find this usefull.
I have a Faverolles roo, a dark Cornish roo, and a Silky roo in the same pen. There is not much squabbling and then just a show of ruffled hackles. They mostly mind their own business and the pen isn't that large. There are also hens in there. They were all day free rangers night in the pen, but now we are putting in our garden they have to saty up. Any loud squaking between any of the others and the Cornish is right there to separate them! No bullying!
Do they go broody
To FlyFisherman - just did some research and found that the Faverolles can occasionally go broody but not obsessively the way Silkies or Cochins do.  I have die-hard broody Silkies and after having them for 3 years any other breed that goes broody should be a breeze in comparison.  It's nice to have some LF breeds that can still brood their own young to keep the rare heritage breeds multiplying naturally.  The only thing that seems a negative with Faverolles is I've read reports that they lay really well for a large breed (up to 4/week) and then others who say their Faverolles are not that good at laying.  For me I like that the Faverolles is similar to the Ameraucana in that they are gentle, non-combative, nurturing, and accepting of orphaned chicks or injured birds without incident.  In fact almost all owners say the Faverolles are usually at the pecking order bottom and picked on by other breeds because they are so docile.  I need this kind of temperament in my gentle breeds flock so eggs is not as important to us as having a peaceful flock.  As a side note:  I found most of my pullets were dynamos at egg-laying and then it was iffy as to which hens would lay well in their 2nd year no matter what breed they were.  Out of 2 Silkies only one was really great at laying in her 2nd year.  Out of 2 Leghorn sisters only one was really great at laying in her 2nd and 3rd year.  My Amer was a great layer as a pullet and is not so good her 2nd year.  It's a gamble how well a hen will lay after she passes her pullet stage and after her first adult molt.  All we can do is provide the basic health care maintenance (worming/lice/mite preventative care), compatible flockmate temperaments, good diet, clean and secure cages, and free-range if at all possible and then hope for the best.
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