Salmon Favorelle

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
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    All Climates
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    Docile, funny, curious
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Salmon, Blue
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Feather Legged

    They're wonderfully odd-looking, with muffs, a beard, feathered feet and five toes. Salmon Faverolles are the most commonly available variety. Hens are beautiful, with snowy breasts and fluffy white faces: their backs are a lovely honeyed salmon color with white lacing. Roosters are huge and magnificent, parading around with a virtual rainbow of colors: iridescent black where the hens are white, burnished with bronze on their backs and wings, while their hackles and saddles the color of pale straw. Faverolles roosters are particularly calm and dignified, and make great roosters for the home flock since they are not as aggressive as some others. The hens lay medium-sized light brown or creamy eggs in prolific numbers, and they are good winter layers, too. They are shy and sweet-natured, but so docile that they tend to find themselves at the bottom of the pecking order in a mixed flock.

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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual purpose

    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Average

    Climate Tolerance: All climates

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Farmgirl1878
    "Definitely Not at the Bottom of the Pecking Order!"
    Pros - Sweet, curious, friendly, good in a mixed flock
    Cons - Feathered feet are difficult to keep clean and dry in winter
    My little Miss Sassypants is definitely not at the bottom of the pecking order! She will take on birds much larger than she is when they run around trying to decide who’s boss. She’s friendly, curious, and a talker. I highly recommend you add a few to your flock. They are very entertaining little birds. Don’t tell the others, but she’s one of my favorites!


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  2. willchickeneat
    "Salmon Favorelles! My favs."
    Pros - Fluffy, cute and personalable!
    Cons - Chicks seem dumber compared to other breeds.
    I got 4 as chicks and made the mistake of putting them into the same brooder of some other breed chicks that were a few weeks older. Only 1 out of 4 survived, other 3 got stepped on and didn't make it. It was very sad.

    I did noticed that unlike other breeds where the day chicks know where to go for food, the SF tend to seem lost. Eventually they figure it out, but kinda slow compared to other breeds.

    She is super cute and is my favorite! SF and Ameraucanas are my favs with their fluffiness, beards and muffs!!!

    I trained mine at an early age to sit on my shoulder, and at 3 months it will still chill out on my shoulder!
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    Purchase Date:
    March 2018.


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  3. ~KH~
    "Noisiest of my hens"
    Pros - Has been a consistent layer
    Cons - Noisy, flighty
    I only have one, so she may be an exception, but she is very noisy (sounds almost like a goose), and is skittish. When she was younger, she was the only one that would try to peck at me when I'd go into the coop (I managed to get her to stop that). I would probably not get another one the next time around.

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  1. Maytag08
    I have only 1 in the flock. I didn't know what it was called. I feel sorry for her all by her self the others pick on her. I now can get more so she wont be alone.
  2. chickenmeadow
    The bantam Blue Salmon Faveroles that I raised exclusively years ago, are still my all time favorite personality & appearance. Many of mine came out of my incubators from the main adults I acquired here & there, they were rare. I enjoyed trying to help keep that heritage breed become more known & popular. They were so friendly; docile & sweet; interactive; softly talked & cooed a lot; & cuddled like adorable kittens. I miss them, even though my current flock is fantastic. Even a few of these in a flock is fun.
  3. Paxseko
    It sure doesn't look like it has feathered feet. All Faverolles have 5 toes. Does that chick? Agreeing with allosaurus on this. Though I don't think Faverolles deserve a poor rating based on your one chick that sure doesn't seem like a faverolle and isn't a bad chick.
  4. The Angry Hen
    Does it have a beard?

    That is cute!
  5. allosaurusrock
    That, or you have a red broiler and not a faverolle.
  6. Paxseko
    Are you sure you don't have a group of bantams with one standard sized Favorelle? That's sure what it looks like to me.
  7. wornoutmomto3
    I have to agree with @Shawneegyrl . Hatchery birds barely resemble the true breed they claim to be, and their temperament is usually sour. I had a Salmon hen from a local breeder a couple years ago and some eggs from the same breeder in the incubator now.

    Personality wise, they are at the bottom of the pecking order due to their natural submissiveness. For this reason they don't do well in a mixed flock. They can be quite easily handled by even young children without much fuss. They are very social, and can brood. They don't make the greatest of mothers (in a mixed flock). The hen is so submissive that the chicks will be harassed by the other birds. Also their large size can lead to chicks being stepped on and crushed. In a closed/protected setting they can make very devoted mothers, never letting the chicks out of their site. I had a young hen who hadn't even started laying yet adopt and successfully raise three rambunctious ducklings as her own. This same hen in a later hatch sat on and crushed one of her own chicks.

    Every bird is an individual. So, while you can get "duds" from a breeder. You have a better chance at getting quality birds from a breeder rather than a hatchery.
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  8. Shawneegyrl
    they can be sexed by feather color by about 7-10 days. Unfortunately, hatchery birds often do not exhibit the traits a bird that is produced by a breeder do. Hatchery birds are chosen for production and vigor. I find that my hatchery birds may meet the minimum standard for the breed but often do not show many qualities that that breed are known for in terms of temperment and feather quality. My hatchery birds are not friendly overall but are good layers. My purebreds from breeders have the "attitude" and physical traits I would expect
  9. Sienatiger
    Can you sex them by their feather color?
  10. Turk Raphael
    I'm diseased

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