After searching for a long, long while, I was finally able to find and purchase a pair of Faverolles. Since integrating them into my small flock, (Ameraucana and EEs), I've noticed a definite difference in (how do I put this nicely...) intelligence?
They are very, very docile and submissive, which I expected. The first few days out of quarantine were rough. The roo got into a skirmish with one of the EE hens and lost a bit of his comb. :(
They've worked everything out now, it seems, but the Favs still tend to keep to themselves while the other birds free range over the property together.
This is fine, but there are a few things that have me puzzled. This morning, for example, after letting everyone out of the coop for the day, the hen stayed in, and the roo went out.
I went back inside, and shortly I was hearing a terrible racket. Fearing we had a predator nearby or something terrible going on, I ran outside.
The roo and hen were calling in an absolute panic to each other because they couldn't see where the other was... except the roo was by the coop door, and the hen was on the other side. Literally inches away from one another.
I had to open the man-door and usher her out.
Two nights ago as I was 'tucking everyone in', I counted one missing hen. It was the Fav. I double checked and sure enough, she wasn't on the roosts, cuddled on/in the nest box, or on the benches. Before searching the entire property in the dark, on a whim I checked in the little space between the nest box and the wall... and there she was, sleeping wedged in there like a sardine. I have no idea how she expected to get back out in the morning, so I fished her out.
I guess what I'm asking those familiar with the breed is: are Favs just kind of... less bright than other breeds? Quirky? Or are my pair just extra special?