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. Mary's Backyard Chickens
    "Awesome chickens!"
    Pros - They lay good and are friendly.
    Cons - Can't think of any.
    I love these birds. They are highly recommended for families.
  2. wherry
    "Cute chick"
    Too soon to tell if I am going to like this breed. I have what is supposed to be an almost 2 week old chick but her development looks more to be 2 - 3 weeks. She is huge compared to my other chicks from the same group. I was wondering if this is normal for the breed? As a chick she loves to watch over the other chicks and lets them snuggle up to her. If this is a sign of things to come (broody etc.) she is already being a "Mama hen." Here is a picture of her as a "week old" - she is the large one in the back.
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  3. teria
    "Interesting breed, good egg layer, great..."
    Pros - Social, good egg layers, great foragers
    Cons - Noisy, broody, and prone to foot issues
    Our two Salmon Faverolles have been a bit of a disappointment. They both have been broody several times this spring and summer, and for long stretches of time. When we got them last year from Ideal Poultry we were excited to have a social and friendly pair. They are really not very social. As chicks only one of them was interested in us but as she matured she became as aloof as her sister. Their feet look kind of mangled and gnarly which is terribly unattractive for such a fancy looking bird. They do forage really well, and are not picky eaters. Both are low on the pecking order and are quite noisy when they lay an egg. They will sqwauk for hours before they settle into a nesting box, and then make a huge racket after they lay. Sometimes they get each other and several of our other chickens going, too.

    If I had it to do over, I would choose another breed, simply because we live in a neighborhood where the houses are kind of close and I worry that they will get the neighbors upset with all the racket.
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  1. 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.
  2. The Angry Hen
    Does it have a beard?

    That is cute!
  3. allosaurusrock
    That, or you have a red broiler and not a faverolle.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Sienatiger
    Can you sex them by their feather color?
  8. Turk Raphael
    I'm diseased
  9. Turk Raphael
    Give me strength to avoid th.................I've lost the battle
  10. Turk Raphael
    These are handsome birds. I just never seemed to have room for a 5-pack of these when the spirit struck me. Might see if if 5 pullets are prrpin

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