Faverolles Bantam Chicken
An interesting breed that combines a beard and muffs with a single comb and feathered legs and feet. Faverolles Bantam Chickens are fairly loosely feathered, giving them a rather larger appearance. They also have a fifth toe on each foot and while chiefly ornamental, do possess some utility characteristics as well.
Faverolles Bantam Chickens 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.
Characteristics: They are quiet, friendly, gentle birds that can actually become very affectionate towards their keepers and are an ideal breed for children. Faverolles Bantam Chicken’s 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.Non setter that is very cold hardy. Likes wide range & less tolerant of close confinement. High flyer and active. Mostly avoids human contact.
- Standard Weights: Cock-30 oz; Hen-26 oz; Cockerel-26 oz; Pullet-24 oz.
- Varieties: Salmon, White
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Tinted
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Egypt – developed in France
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
Bantams have become increasingly popular as pets as well as for show purposes because they are smaller and have more varied and exotic colors and feather patterns than other chickens.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.