Pros: Docile, sweet, cold-hardy, beautiful, make excellent pets as they are cuddly
Cons: Allow themselves to be bullied, smaller eggs, chicks can be delicate, can have a hard time in the heat
My faverolles are wonderful pet chickens! They are sweet, and love to hop into my lap for a snuggle. One of my faverolles named Derperella has won the heart of everyone she's ever met, online and off! These would make great pets for children as my favs have never been aggressive nor have they tried to bite/peck. They love to shove their heads into my arms for a snuggle and often take a nap like that.
Because of their docile nature, in a mixed flock my faverolles are at the bottom of the pecking order, and don't at all stand up for themselves. The others will push them off of food and sometimes this gets bad enough that I have to feed my favs separately.
My birds were also very winter hardy, and hardly seemed to notice the cold at all when my other birds were fluffed and trying to stay warm. On the flip side, my faverolles always seem to be the first to be panting when it gets warmer, and they seem to overheat the fastest.
If egg production is important to you, they do lay, but the eggs are small and they are not 'egg machines' like some of the other popular breeds. I get on average 3-4 eggs per week out of each hen.