Faverolles

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Latest stock page so you can see at a glance what we have going on and what is the latest chicken availability for sale.

  • Black Rock Hens
  • Sussex group
  • Young Ixworth cockerel
  • Coronation Sussex Trio
  • Swedish hens
  • Pair of Cockerels looking into the kitchen window
  • Ixworth Cockerels head picture
  • Araucana egg in nest
  • Cream Legbar
  • Young grower hens

Latest Chicken availability as at 29th July 2022

We had a busy few years post COVID 19 as it has encouraged people to begin to keep chickens in the garden. 2022 is beginning to show a similar pattern so we are hatching as fast as nature will allow whilst still being mindful that we need to give them the best care possible. We have started late this year in our hatching so we have more youngsters now rather than point of lay. The nice thing about youngsters is that they are easier to handle for novices.

New Breeds Available

We will be offering some new breeds this year such as Ixworth and occasional Marsh Daisies. We have obtained some rather lovely Ixworth chickens as our breeding stock. Floyd our Ixworth cockerel is happily attending to his ladies and we have plenty of Ixworth chicken youngsters for sale. Ixworths are a rare and splendid dual purpose bird which are pure white. Marsh Daisies are a chicken breed which originated in Lancashire. Marsh Daisy chickens will be offered for sale at intervals through the year albeit in small numbers.

Hatching Eggs – available Now at £2.50 per egg

We have various hatching eggs available

Waiting List – Not currently needed as we have plenty of stock.

Our waiting list is still active because demand remains high. Join our list if you want to be told when our latest stock is ready. You can register on our contact form to go on the waiting list if you would like to keep informed. How our waiting list works. You can sign up to our occasional newsletter service if you wish as an alternative.

Latest stock Available Listed below

Breaking News!!!!


Teacher chicken

Exciting development. Our chicken keeping courses are now ONLINE. See our Poultry Courses Page for details so you can START ONE TODAY.

Easy to follow

We are hoping that people will find the easy-to-follow bite size chunks an enjoyable experience. It is crammed with masses of information you should know about keeping chickens. It will take you on a deep dive into the fascinating world of this wonderful creature. We guarantee that you will therefore learn things that will make you think about chickens in a totally new light.

Getting it right

It will help you to make good equipment choices, and get your husbandry right. Spotting illness quickly is a biggie because unless you are able to spot sickness, it can rapidly get way out of hand. A slow or wrong diagnosis can then be catastrophic for the chicken.

Easing the burden

Getting the right coop for example will make the cleaning out of your chickens a 10 minute job rather than a real thankless task. We help you get it right, first time. This saves you money and time and who doesn’t need some of that?

Benefits

Chickens are enjoyable however making poor choices can take the shine off it very quickly.

Premium Chickenguard

We are now able to offer Chickenguards for your coops

Having chickens is great but getting up early in the morning however to let them out especially in Summer is not so great.

Fitting a chickenguard on your coop means you can have that lie in or even just get up at normal time rather than chicken time.

Chickenguards will allow you to go out of an evening and not have to get back at dusk to shut your chooks away. Chickenguard will do it all for you. Your chickens will not demand that you become party poopers.

Battery powered with 4 AA batteries which last from 6 to 12 months.

Visit our shop page for more info

Henlay Coop

We are now stocking Henlays Roost chicken coops.

Perfectly designed coops that are manufactured from 12mm thick recycled plastic sheets.

Built with both chicken welfare and human welfare in mind because humans matter too. They look and feel solid.

No more back breaking stooping or crouching to clean out. Contortionism is also not required. Just open the roofline, lift the well spaced perches out and hey presto, the entire coop area is at the mercy of your shovel and scraper.

Red mite will be spotted in double quick time so therefore you can treat if necessary as they have no where to hide.

Visit our shop page for details

Chicks for Easter is Upon Us

Newly hatched chicks

Chicks for Easter are traditional in every Easter picture for almost every product you see. There can be nothing more archetypal than seeing Easter chicks. Raising baby chickens is definitely one of the nicest things about what we do. It is very much a guilty pleasure handling as many as possible. To satisfy this craving for fluffiness and cheeping I needed to upgrade my incubator. I went for something a little more substantial and space-saving. Chicken and chick equipment is taking over the house so a bit of rationalisation was needed. In comes my Heka incubator which is totally fabulous but there is definitely method in the madness. This gives me more brooder room to house more chicks until they are ready to go outside with the big girls.

Pitfalls of chicks to be aware of

This year 2021, the year of the COVID19+1 catastrophe, we are beginning to get some hatchlings from our incubators. If getting chicks for Easter seems like a good idea please bear in mind that they are delicate and need specific care. If you are wanting chicks for Easter, please consult our blog article on chick care before you make a decision. Our chicks are not sexed at the fluffy stage so there is a potential high risk of boys. Boys turn into loud cockerels and are difficult to rehome if you cannot keep them.

We don’t offer a return on chicks that are sold as unsexed. If you want a hen guarantee then you will need to wait until the chicks are roughly 6-8 weeks old before purchasing. This means they are beyond the fluffy stage but they do look quite cute in terms of they are just diddy versions of the older birds.

If you are not quite ready and want to go on our waiting list please join via our contact form

Our breeds are Cochin, Swedish Flower Hens, Salmon Faverolles, Coronation Sussex, Brahma. We will also be getting official Black Rock, & Brown Rock at intervals during the year. There will be some chicks for Easter but we will have some probably through till September.

Salmon Faverolles

Group of Salmon Faverolles

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 there is also a bantam variety which is a quarter of the size. They also come in a non-standard colour of Blue Salmon that is very hard to source as it’s not as popular as the Salmon.

Salmon Faverolles Breed Description

The Faverolles is originally a French chicken from the vicinity of the towns of Houdan and Faverolles in north-central France. This is how the breed got its name. A Faverolles is always written in the plural – never singular – and pronounced Fav-er-ol as it’s French you know!! A combination of Cochins, Houdans and Dorkings were used in its breeding profile. The Faverolles became one of the most important egg-producing utility fowl in the north-central region of France.

The Faverolles reached the UK in 1886, but then the British developed it further to meet British breeder tastes. British breeders developed a slightly different type with tail feathers that were longer and raised higher than their German and French Cousins. This new type therefore went on to become the accepted exhibition standard in the UK

The Faverolles name is always prone to confusion. It is pronounced Fav-er-ol, but always spelled Faverolles. We do find that many people use the following spellings for this wonderful chicken. Favorell, Faverell, Favourel, Faverels and many other variations of the name. All of which are incorrect. If you visit a breeder who misspells the name, then they are unlikely to know a good breed standard from a bad one. We recommend you avoid these as there are unfortunately a lot of poor quality birds around.

We have Faverolles in Salmon, Blue Salmon and some in mottled black and white. There are a number of dedicated UK breeders who are trying to breed the Faverolles in different colours. Apparently it used to have a few colour variations in its history but they have been lost over time. A number of project colours in the pipeline with these breeders, is Ermine, Blue and Black. Ermine is a similar colour to a Light Sussex which is also known as a columbian pattern. This translates to black around the neck hackles and a black tip to the tail. The rest of the body being white.

One of the things that makes a Faverolles stand out is the muff and beard and the fact that they have a fifth toe that curiously points up in the air, whereas most chickens have four toes. This breed has feathery legs and feet so therefore is not suitable for living on continually squishy muddy ground.

Male Salmon Faverolles are a dark mahogany colour. They are beautiful and calm so consequently shredded wellies are a very rare hazard. The male Blue Salmon Faverolles has a dark back and blue front. Both Salmon and blue Salmon have the straw coloured neck hackles. It is easy to determine the sex at 2-4 weeks of age because the boys start to show dark feathers early on. The Blue Salmon is not yet recognised as an official colour by the breed club as its still quite new.

They are a dual purpose breed because they are good for both meat and eggs.

Breed Temperament

They are a very inquisitive and chatty bird and always on the lookout for when the treats are handed out. Despite being a large bird, they have quite a timid nature so consequently, can get bullied if they are in with chickens that have more attitude.

Breed Size

These chickens are classed as Large Fowl – Heavy

Eggs

Faverolles can make good winter layers and are very hardy. Moulting time will stop them laying if that coincides with winter.

They lay a very good number of medium-sized, tinted pale cream or pinkish eggs.

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