Are Faverolles, um, a little slow?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Meesh, May 9, 2008.

  1. Meesh

    Meesh Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Rocky Mountains
    While my Faverolles (8 weeks) are sweet chickens, they don't want to leave the coop! The Dels & Polish jump right out as soon as the door is open and explore all around their house. The Faves look out, one might boldly stroll out - only to fly back in a moments later. If they aren't eating in the coop, or strolling in the coop, they are napping in the coop. They are NOT interested in foraging. When I bring in a handful of earthworms, they have little to no interest in eating things that are not presented to them in a feeder. And the Polish chicks wolf down the worms before I know what happened.

    Are Faves just like that? Is that properly called a less active breed?

  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    They are more laid back and rather watch things going on. In due time, they will forage and they do not forage far either. They are still intellegent but take things slow.

    I love my Faverolles I had and they were the most laid back birds I've owned.
  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    I loved the look of the faverolles and wanted some, but was afraid the other breeds would pick on them from what I read, so I didn't get any. [​IMG]
  4. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I had a pair of Faverolles and they were by far the sweetest and most timid of all the breeds I have ever had. I remember it took them quite awhile to leave their safe zone of the pen and coop but eventually they did and free ranged like all the others. As I said they seemed so timid and so cute, very nice birds and I would love to get more someday. So yes, I would say very normal behavior for that breed. [​IMG]
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    We wanted Faves but heard they had a high mortality rate.

    Our BO and SLW sorta hang back too.

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