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The Faverolles Chicken

Faverolles Bantam by Miss N Williams

History

The Faverolles chicken originate from the village of Faverolles in Northern France and were created from a mix of several different breeds of hen, Dorking, Brahma, Crvecoeur, Houdan, Coucou de Rennes and possibly the Cochin! The first true description of the breed came in 1893 and the salmon variation appeared later in 1895. They were bred specifically for meat production but they also produce a good number of eggs so are true dual-purpose birds. They have a broad, square body with small wings, a single upright comb, short neck, a striking beard and muffling. The head is broad and round and the eyes are reddish bay. The pinkish legs are sparsely feathered with the feathering concentrated on the outer toe. They have five toes, the fifth one points upwards.

Behaviour

They are quiet, friendly, gentle birds that can actually become very affectionate towards their keepers and are an ideal breed for children. They are alert, active birds and the hens make very good broodies and mothers. The hens will actually lay prolifically over winter. Chicks grow quickly and develop fast on high quality food and will forage happily from an early age. They thrive in a run and are not good fliers so the fencing doesn\’t have to be very high. They are able to cope with damp grass better than chickens with more heavily feathered legs and feet but do suffer badly from Scaly Leg mite which causes terrible irritation to the birds. They require high quality feed to maximise meat production. The cocks can weigh in at around 11lb which makes them very good table birds. The small comb and thick feathering make them ideal for cold conditions. Like many other large breeds of hen, they are prone to being bullied by other hens if kept together with other varieties. They live for around 5-7 years.

Varieties

Faverolles Cockerel, Miss N Williams

The breed actually comes in three different types – the original French Faverolles, The German Faverolles and The British type with the following colours – Black, blue (laced), buff, cuckoo, ermine, salmon, white.

 

For more information on this breed visit the

British Faverolles Society

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