The Salmon Faverolles is one of our favourites
The Salmon Faverolles is quite an unusual chicken. They have a lot of facial fluff (a muff and a beard to be precise) making their little choochy faces look so sweet. We keep the large fowl version but they can also have a bantam variety (a quarter of the size) and they do also come in a standard colour of Blue which is very hard to source.
Their legs and feet are also feathery. These were originally created from a combination of Cochins, Houdans and Dorkings in the 1860’s in the vicinity of the towns of Houdan and Faverolles in north-central France. The breed was given the name (this is always written in the plural – never singular – pronounced Fav-er-ol) after the town name where they were developed. They were originally used as a utility fowl being one of the main egg-producing chickens for the region. We have them in Salmon and some in Black. One of the things that makes a Faverolles stand out is the muff and beard and the fact that they have a fifth toe which points up in the air, whereas most chickens have four toes. They also have feathery legs and feet so this means that very muddy ground should, therefore, be avoided.
When Faverolles reached the UK in 1886, the breed was further altered to meet exhibition standards, British breeders developed a slightly different type with longer, higher raised tail feathers than their German and French Cousins
Males in this breed are dark mahogany coloured, beautiful and calm – very rarely will you have shredded wellies with this one. It is easy to determine the sex at 2-4 weeks of age as the boys start to get dark feathers early on.
They are a dual purpose breed.
They are a very inquisitive and chatty bird and always there when the treats are handed out. They are a large bird but with quite a timid nature and, therefore, can get bullied if they are in with chickens that have more attitude.
They are classed as Large Fowl – Heavy
They make good winter layers and are very hardy.
They lay a very good number of medium-sized, tinted pale cream or pinkish eggs.