Salmon Faverolle Chicken
Salmon Faverolle chickens are a stocky and colorful little
breed that originated in Northern France in the village ofÀ_yes À_
Faverolle! They are a composite breed
Houdans and Dorklings and were originally bred as a dual-purpose breed.
Primary selection of Salmon Faverolle chickens was for
winter eggs and heavy table poultry.
The Salmon Faverolle is the most popular variety of the
Faverolle breed and is one of the few standard breeds that can lay cream and
tinted eggs. Admitted to the Standard to
in 1914, these calm and collected birds are usually now kept only for
exhibition despite their egg-laying capabilities. Hens can be broody and these birds are cold hardy, though their fancy feathers make raising them in lower temperatures not desirable.
The Faverolle is a stocky bird with a short and thick neck
and a broad and flat back. Males have a
mainly black plumage with a straw colored head and reddish brown wingbows. Females have a creamy white beard and muffs
as well as a cream colored neck breast and body. Their heads are a salmon brown.
The birdÀ_s beard, muffs, and feathered feet make it a very
attractive and robust looking chicken.
It actually has 5 toes, unlike many standard and bantam breeds. Salmon Faverolles are a common indoor breed
because of their calm behavior and docility.