Faverolles Chickens

Faverolles Chicken

Faverolles Chicken

Uses: Exhibition. Utility: Eggs
Origin: France .Eggs: 160 – 200 Tinted.
Weight: Cock: 4.08 – 4.98Kg Hen: 3.4 – 4.3Kg
Bantam Cock: 1130 – 1360g, Hen: 907 – 1133g.
Colours: Black, Laced Blue, Buff, Cuckoo, Ermine, Salmon, White (Standardised UK).
Useful to Know: The name Faverolles comes from a village name, much like the Marans. This means there is always an ‘s’ on the end of the spelling, even if we are talking about a   single Faverolles.

The Faverolles Chicken takes its name from a Village found to the West of Paris in France. This village is very close to the town of Houdan from which another breed also takes its name. The make up of the Faverolles starts with farm yard flocks around Faverolles. Most of these were Houdan and Dorking crosses of some description. Imported chickens from Asia are thought to have been kept by the wealthy in the surrounding areas. It is thought that the odd cock bird from these Asian fowl would have been mixed with the farm yard flocks which is how the Faverolles got its large size and feathered feet. The farmers started sending birds to the markets of Paris since they had a rapid growth rate and were a good size. To identify them, the dealers started giving them the name Faverolles, long before there was any conformity in type or Faverolles-head-shot-cut-outplumage colour, they were still cross breeds, but soon became very popular for their meat and slowly started outselling the pure bred Houdan.

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