The Faverolles Chicken originated by breeding Dorkings, Houdans and Asiatices in the French village, Faverolle. They were initially bred for utility. The main object of the faverolle chicken is winter eggs and heavy table poultry. They were created as a dual purpose breed and were imported into England in 1886 where they were used for crossing with other breeds to produce excellent table fowl. The Dorking and Houdan ancestry can be detected by the fact they have five toes. They have large beards and muffling around the face.
Characteristics: The Faverolles Chicken is An interesting breed that combines a beard and muffs with a single comb and feathered legs and feet. Faverolles are a medium sized breed and fairly loosely feathered, giving them a rather large appearance. They also have a fifth toe on each foot and while chiefly ornamental, do possess some utility characteristics as well.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-6-1/2 pounds; cockerel-7 pounds; pullet-5-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Light Brown
- Use: A general purpose meat and egg producing variety.
- Origin: France
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.