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  • 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

    The Faverolles is a French breed of chicken, developed in the 1860s near the village Faverolles from whence it took its name. Faverolles are known to have quiet and docile temperaments. Their good nature makes them an excellent choice for the backyard flock owner and they are popular as pets for children. Their excellent temperament combined with their production capabilities, has also seen them becoming popular with small flock owners looking for a gentle dual purpose breed. Their gentle nature does make them prone to being bullied by aggressive breeds though and they do best in flocks with other quiet breeds of similar temperaments. The males are said to make extremely quiet roosters.

    They are quite unusual in appearance in that they have five toes and feathered shanks, as well as being heavily bearded and muffed, and their most popular color Salmon, is a color pattern which is exclusive to the Faverolles. Salmon colored birds have the females appearing a lightly colored pinkish wheaten and white, compared to the males which are a striking combination of black, gold and straw color, both have slate colored underfluff.

    Many different breeds were used in developing the Faverolles, including the Houdan, Brahma and Dorking. They were originally bred to be a dual purpose production breed, and it is still fairly early maturing, quite winter hardy, an excellent table bird and the hens are good layers of large tinted eggs, especially in the winter. In the early 1900’s Faverolles were producing most of the eggs for the Paris, France market.

    The Favorolles was imported into the US in the early 1900’s and is a very popular show bird today, both in standard and bantam sizes. They come in a number of colors, including the best known Salmon, White, Buff, Cuckoo and Blue among others.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1914.
    It is on The Livestock Conservancy's Threatened list.

    Faverolles eggs

    Faverolles chick

    Faverolles juvenile

    Faverolles hen

    Faverolles rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-faverolles.1011648/
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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. jennajolynne
    "Broodiest Hens I have!"
    Pros - Friendly
    Cons - Broody but won't stay on the eggs for an extended amount of time.
    I like the looks of the salmon faverolle and it's great that they are friendly and my daughter can handle them, but the two I have keep going broody. It is fine if that's what you want them for but I need more eggs. They go broody but then get bored sitting on the eggs and go back to normal business for a few days then go broody again. They won't set long enough to hatch a clutch. I am at my wits end with these two.
  2. Chickassan
    "Faverlous! Absolutely Faverlous!"
    Pros - sweet, gentle, non-agressive, great foragers, super slow, roosters are absolute dreams
    Cons - They get a little messy, hens are very vocal, they aren't geniuses
    I have three salmon faverolles, two hens and a rooster purchased from MPC as eggs i think the price was around thirty dollars in March of 2017. They are doing quite well in a small mixed flock with an EE, ameracuna,dominique and a delaware mix. The hens lay small to medium sized eggs at a rate of five or so a week. The rooster is flock leader and honestly I couldn't do better. He takes his job seriously, but will still run to greet me for a beard scratch. The ladies are very freindly and constantly underfoot acting more like curious toddlers than chickens. They do get dirty feet and beards in wet weather. They do talk "alot" especially before laying. Not the smartest hens, will often get lost in the yard or in a flower pot so you're going to have to watch over them. This is a breed for a person who really wants to nurture their flock and enjoys physical contact with them. You can't keep faverolles and not touch them, they can and will hop in your lap and demand your affection. I'm happy with this breed, I'd recommend them for kids, seniors or people who are just a little bit scared of chickens.
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    Purchase Date:
    March 2017


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  3. kaitlyn_2001
    "Little Sweethearts"
    Pros - Sweet, Cuddly little fluffballs.
    Cons - Very loud.
    I have one darling Faverolle, Jonesy. She's my only hen who likes to be picked up and cuddled, she'll even fall asleep in my arms! The only issue I have with her is her volume level. She never knows when to stop, she certainly has a set of lungs, and she will let everyone know. She only squawks for the most trivial reasons, (eg. Her bff Dorothy wanders off and Jonesy panics, which leads to squawking.) Which are easy enough to fix, however, in a single day, I go down to my yard at least 4-6 times to resolve these "squawk fests". Overall, not an ideal bird for urban living. Another thing to note is that Faverolles do not do well in the heat. Some weeks ago Jonesy suddenly stopped laying, it was 40C°+ weather at the time for about a week, (104F°). She stopped laying for 2 weeks. Overall, a lovely bird, Faverolles are fantastic, if you're willing to put in the extra work for them.
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User Comments

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  1. Brinly
    I LOVE my Faverolles they are so playful, loving, friendly, and amazing to show I always use them for round robin at my county fair and everyone loved them. I got people from hating being near chicken from loving and always petting my Faverolles. I also won a state trip with my Faverolles and we (me and my Faverolle rooster) got to be interviewed on TV cause everyone thought they were beautiful and they are!
  2. Miss Lydia
    I love my 5 SF's they really are talkative and even now that they are 21 weeks old still a few will get in my lap and I can pet them. No eggs yet. I really do love this breed.
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  3. The Angry Hen
    Hi! Truly wonderful little birds! Quite the talkative kind too. I have three Salmon and they'll just walk up to me everyday with a rant. It's not until I stretch out my arm for them to perch upon that they softly coo without the havoc. They are very broody... Some folks say it's because they are hatchery quality. Personally I like broody hens, I overall think of the breed is my top three favorite. And I'm not a bit fan of choosing one as any and naming it favorite. There's a quote I once read that explained how you can't just choose a singular object and call it your favorite. Which is true. 'When we try to choose one thing by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.' ~John Muir. I think that's how it goes. But back on subject, I'd recommend and continue to suggest these little birds. They remind me fully of parrots. Granted I've never owned a parrot... But I feel like I could say I have three!! They sure are precious chicks. Too cute to watch run around! Thanks for reading. Good luck with yours. Have a nice day and God bless. Regards, Angry Hen
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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!)
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  7. Jewelwing
    Thank you.
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  8. Outpost JWB
    So sorry for your loss.
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  9. 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). :(
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  10. 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'.

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