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

    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. Kates Chooks
    "Sweet and shy salmon Faverolles"
    Pros - docile, gentle
    Cons - bottom of the pecking order
    These are very pretty birds, their face feathers look very much like an Easter Egger. They were late to start laying but now are consistent. They were introduced into a one year old flock and they are still a year later , the very bottom of the pecking order. I would not house them with aggressive breed birds like Reds, you are asking for trouble. I have two hens, they were raised together and are so inseparable I call them 'the twins'. They lay a rather small egg but that's ok, I just use those for my own household , rather than sell them like the other hen's eggs. I got them out of curiosity as they were supposedly fairly rare. They would make a good pet for a child, have never pecked at me even when I take eggs from under them.
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  2. Julia/e
    Pros - Funny , put their heads down when they run, have ear muffs & a beard!
    Cons - when young pullets, very shy & get picked on
  3. Miss Lydia
    Pros - Lovely personalties
    Cons - Eggs are on the small size for their size
    I love my 5 girls they are so easy to be around. They like to sit on a lap too.
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  1. tamdeva
    VERY sweet! Would be a great pet for children. I loved my little Frenchie girl! RIP
  2. Miss Lydia
    I love this breed I have 5 hens they are good layers even though they don’t lay large eggs. Very friendly and even though they are one an a half years old now still don’t mind me giving a cuddle.
  3. Cheyenne97
    I have a salmon Faverolle cockerel, he is the most darling and sweet cockerel I have ever met. He is about 8 months old, he hardly ever crows and when he does it sounds like a louder more talkative hen, just now started mating and truly enjoys human attention at least on his terms. Absolutely love him!
  4. Julia/e
    I only had one salmon Faverolle chicken, & sadly she got taken by a fox. she was 4 mo old, sweet, friendly, cute, talkative, neighbors loved her. She was very adept at flying over the wire pen & that was her demise.
    I now have 3 Faverolle chicks 3 wks old, & can't wait to see them mature.
  5. Cheyenne97
    My Salmon Faverolle rooster is the sweetest boy I’ve ever met! He’s loving of the girls, even a bit skittish, comes up to me willingly and sits next to me.

    Definitely my favorite breed!
  6. 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!
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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