Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    The most common colors are Salmon and White. They also come in Black, Cuckoo, Buff, Blue, Blue Salmon, Laced Blue, Ermine, Splash and Mahogany. Cocks are around 8 pounds, hens are around 6.5 pounds.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Faverolles are a dual purpose breed that originates in France. They were originally bred to be used as a utility fowl, but now they are mostly raised for exhibition. Faverolles were imported into England in 1886. Ancestors of this breed may include the Dorking and the Houdan. The name of this breed comes from the village of Faverolles in France. They are an Asiatic breed of fowl.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    The most common colors are Salmon and White. They also come in Black, Cuckoo, Buff, Blue, Blue Salmon, Laced Blue, Ermine, Splash and Mahogany. Cocks are around 8 pounds, hens are around 6.5 pounds.
    Breed Details:
    The Faverolle breed is a calm, gentle breed. They are a very curious breed. I have read that Faverolles are fragile chicks, but in my experience this has not been the case. They have been very easy to hatch, brood, and raise. They lay around 160-180 eggs per year. They lay medium sized tinted or salmon colored eggs. They are an easy breed to keep and raise. All of the faverolles I have had, have been quiet birds. But I have heard from others that they can be very noisy.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. Squeak61
    "The very best breed!"
    Pros - Friendly, affectionate, entertaining, funny to look at/watch
    Cons - None!
    What an amazing breed! I have a faverolle, and she is no doubt my favorite chicken. As soon as
    I pick her up, she jumps up onto my shoulder. She'll just sit there and cuddle. It's the cutest thing! She is completely bonded with me. I love her as much as my dog, at this point :D There's not one thing not to love about them! They're sweet, hilarious, and calm. They're so funny to listen to and watch. I completely recommend this breed!
    Abriana likes this.
  2. RRLaney
    "By far my favorite breed!"
    Pros - Adorable, cuddly, curious, gets along with everyone (even the dog)
    Cons - Not a single one that I've found yet
    I wish I could put into words how much I love my Faverolle. We just got our first one (12 weeks old) and we are obsessed. Our chicken breeder would only part with one of them cause she uses them for showing, but boy am I happy she sold us this little girl. In hindsight I would've bought them all off of her, or fought harder for at least 2 lol. In the short time we've had her she's already gotten so comfortable with us, instantaneous bonding, unlike ANY of or other hens! She'll just sit on out shoulder for hours and nuzzle closer if she gets scared or needs something. She's pretty good at communicating with us. She doesn't seem afraid at all of our German shepherd. She actually seems to like his company. And she definitely spends more time with us humans than the rest of her flockmates, but when she is out and about she gets along with everyone. Definitely a little timid, but I think she respects the pecking order well and knows who to hang with and who to avoid.
    So if you're the type of chicken owner that likes to spend time with your chickens I HIGHLY recommend faverolles. If you have a giant flock just used for eggs and meat and you don't care about the love and cuddles then they might not be the best because I think they're happier with you as opposed to being in a big mixed flock.
    Squeak61 likes this.
  3. eggsbert
    "Moderately hardy, sweet bird, but the worst layer"
    Pros - Quiet, Personable, Attractive, Cold Hardy
    Cons - Poor Layer, Poor Broody, Dirty
    Big, slow, and pretty, but not as stupid or shy as described. Our family has mixed feeling about this particular bird.

    Social Features: (4/5)
    Our hen is not pushy but not a pushover either. She is a middle of the road hen, dominating over our Ameraucanas but submitting to our Australorps.
    She is not aggressive in the least and has a gentler peck when hand fed than our Australorps (who will eat your hand too). Of all our hens, she is the slowest and easiest to catch, making her a better choice for holding, though she doesn't enjoy it. However, unlike our other birds, she's a little less prone to kicking to get away. She's big too, so much more cuddly.
    She's a curious bird, but a bit on the skittish side (having flown the coop out of a false sense of danger).

    Egg Laying Features: (1/5)
    Hands down our worst layer. She gets a single point for have large to jumbo eggs, but we rarely get to see them. She started laying very late (even after our cochin) and is a strange kind of broody. She will often rush to the nest box when we are collecting eggs or just sit in empty nest boxes. But she doesn't stay there with any consistency making her a poor choice for a brood mother. With her lazy style of brooding, she can't be broken of it and lays an egg once a week maybe. We don't know what to do about this bird.

    Climate Features: (3/5)
    More cold hardy than heat hardy, she does decently well in Utah. She had no problems with the cold temperatures and her shorter leg feathers meant less snowballs. However, in the summer, she pants all the time and is pretty unhappy (unless given grass to eat). Her large beard is prone to getting horrendously muddy and the feathers can curl back into her eyes.
    She hasn't been sick or succumbed to heatstroke or frostbite, but there are definitely better birds for all climate weather.
    She's a decent forager and given the chance she will graze on grass from dusk to dawn. This helps keep her feed intake down for her size, but she still eats quite a bit.

    Afterthought: Probably a better table bird than a layer, sadly enough.

User Comments

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  1. Abriana
    I love Faverolles! I don't have any, but i would love to have some. I think they are so cute with that beard and muff.
  2. Miss Lydia
    I am getting my 4 shipped this coming Monday all females hoping for a good egg layer but not high production that lays out in a few years. I like to keep my hens around. These looked like the perfect breed.
  3. Eggscoozme
    That's so encouraging to hear, because I was reading the negative comments (after I placed my order) and wondered if I made a mistake. I am surprised to read they are loud. I just bought 4 Roos & 21 Hens from MM! Yikes! I'm not into hens that make a lot of noise - one reason I sold my Australorps. The Favs muffs/beards, though, could make up for the noise level! My Blue Easter Egger from MPC can be LOUD, but the ADORABLE muffs and BEAUTIFUL Olive Eggs means she's a keeper (and I think she knows it!)
  4. Jewelwing
    Thank you.
  5. Outpost JWB
    So sorry for your loss.
  6. Jewelwing
    It's not that she didn't want to be caught, hellbender. Of course that doesn't make a chicken neurotic. As I said, it was hard to explain. I've had many other chickens (of many different breeds), and Sally just didn't act chicken-like. She was just really weird. She hardly ever wanted to hang with the rest of the flock, although she fit in quite well when everyone came together in the evenings. She would go off in her own direction while foraging, and was a strange mix of friendly but unfriendly, really like she had a screw loose. And that horrible, persistent squawk (except when she was out freeranging)!

    But she laid eggs pretty consistently, and was an excellent foster mom when I got a new batch of chicks, who she adopted when they were already four weeks old! In fact, three of my hens (Sally, a Speckled Sussex, and an Austrolorp) shared mothering those chicks, which was a very cool and unexpected bit of chicken behavior to watch.

    She's gone now, a victim of two neighbor dogs running loose that killed half my flock a month ago (including four of my seven 9-month old pullets from the batch that Sally helped raise). :(
  7. hellbender
    When a chicken has been fondled/fingered by a person, they are nature-bound to preen and re-oil their feathers. I'm not sure a hen that want's to avoid the extra work is classically 'neurotic'.
  8. Star2014
    Yes but I don't know what else to do it is either that or give him away and he is so nice I feel like isolation would kill him. He needs his friends. She will be moved once she's gone broody with her eggs. I'm starting to run out of options... No way am I eating him, I don't want to give him away because he is too nice for a rooster. Oh well where there's a will there's a way. Supposedly.
  9. sophiaw00
    I have 2 faverolle pullets and just got myself a faverolle rooster! Just to let you know though, when you move your faverolle roo and his mate to another coop, I'd suggest putting more than just the faverolle girl in with him because he will mate too often with her and probably hurt her. It should be 1 rooster per 6-8 hens!
  10. darkbluespace
    She sounds like mine! We have two so at least they have each other but only one is super loud and annoying. She went broody for the first time this Summer... she is 3... and she was the most mellow broody and best Mama ever! When her broody finally broke after 4 months she has gone back to being the most annoying chicken ever. I can only conclude that she feels fulfilled as a mother and very unhappy otherwise. I also will not be getting more and I have to laugh/cringe when I hear of people incubating a dozen of them! A whole flock would either be better or so so so much worse!

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