Salmon Faverolles chickens are stunningly cute – just as much in body as in personality. Friendly, cuddly, and fluffy, they are great with children, too.
Faverolles chickens come in a wide color palette, from Mahogany, Black, Buff, Blue, Blue Salmon, Cuckoo, Ermine, Laced Blue, to Splash. But only two colors are actually recognized by the American Poultry Association: White and Salmon.
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Any and all of these color variations possess the unique traits of the Faverolles, but it is in the Salmon that their colors really shine best. If you want to know more about the other types of Faverolles, you can click here. This article covers everything you need to know about Salmon Faverolles.
What are Faverolles?
Faverolles are a French chicken breed. They take their name from the French village that they were first bred in, Faverolles, which is about 50 miles northeast of Paris. There are no records of the creation of this breed, so no one knows who actually created this chicken breed, but Houdon, Brahma, Crêve-Cour, Dorking, CouCoo and Cochin have all been connected to their origins.
Faverolles were first bred for the dual purpose of eggs and meat.
At the time of their introduction to the markets of France, they took to close confinement better than other breeds, like the Houdan. This quickly brought them to the forefront of the poultry market, and by 1886 or 1894 (depending on your source), they found their way across the English Channel. The Faverolles were quickly developed to exhibition standards in England.
They came to the USA in the first few years of the 20th Century, and settled in Glens Falls, NY, not far from the state capital of Albany. Since then, this docile breed has served Americans in three distinct ways: as food, for their eggs, and as a show breed.
This delightful breed are rare chickens, despite their ability to lay about 200 eggs per year and the fact that roosters can grow to 8 pounds and hens can grow to 6 pounds.
5 Amazing Faverolles Chicken Facts
- They have super soft and downy feathers.
- They are a truly all-purpose breed, serving as excellent layers and lovely show chickens.
- They are super-cuddly, sociable, and love attention and kisses.
- Roosters and hens are two distinct colors: with the males being a greater color mix than the two-toned females.
- The word “Faverolles” is French. As a result of this, the tail “s” is silent, so the pronunciation of the singular and plural is both “fa-ver-ell” or “fa-ver-oll,” though an Anglicized “fa-ver-olz” isn’t unexpected. The spelling of both singular and plural is both “Faverolles”, however.
What Do Salmon Faverolles Chickens Look Like?
Physically, Faverolles are quite unique. The first major difference is their toes. Most chicken breeds have 4 toes, but like Silkies, Faverolles have five toes.
Faverolles also possess a beard under their beaks that adds a lovely layer of fluff to their appearance. Their wattles are tiny to non-existent, and they have feathers on their legs.
What is the Color of a Salmon Faverolles Hen?
Salmon Faverolles hens have white to light caramel breasts and underbellies, but sport a splash of rich color on the hackle, back, and wing. The colors of their backs are a light pink salmon through a darker bronze. The spread of color could stretch further down the wing, or along the flank, but regardless of distribution, the two-toned quality of their coloring is always present in Salmon Faverolles hens.
What is the Color of a Salmon Faverolles Rooster?
Male Salmon Faverolles are almost as unique as their tufted ears and fluffy beards. Unlike the females, who possess the exquisite caramel topping on a large vanilla sundae, the males have a secret weapon: black chocolate feathers.
The average Salmon Faverolles rooster has a thick black beard, breast and undercarriage. Occasionally, one might have a white beard to match his white (or cream) neck and head. The black coloring usually fills out his breast and legs, and may be separated by more white or it may just continue on through his tail.
Splashes of straw or dark straw stretch across his upper wings, and spot his hackles, back and saddle. White compliments his colors; in addition to it serving as a mane around his neck, it sometimes gives a spotty reappearance along his back. Then, in a very cool touch, white serves as a peculiar triangular accent at the triangular tips of his wings.
What is the Color of a Salmon Faverolles Chick?
Chicks start off as downy fluffs of yellow, but once their feathers start coming in, you’ll see the salmon coloring replacing their yellow.
What Other Colors Appear on a Salmon Faverolles Chicken?
Their faces, comb, and what little wattle that they have are red. If their coloring reaches their eyes, that is also red. Their single comb is medium in size with five point.
Faverolles have bay-colored eyes. Their skin and legs are white.
How Else are Salmon Faverolles Different from Other Faverolles?
Beyond color, not very. Faverolles are famous for their curious and family-oriented personalities. These are the kinds of chickens you want to bring home to mom and are just as cuddly for children as they are for adults. Roosters are also extremely friendly, but I would still recommend keeping children either separate or very well-supervised.
As Faverolles were originally bred for meat and eggs, Salmon Faverolles are an excellent source for meals. Their eggs are cream-colored and medium-sized like the eggs of other color varieties.
Salmon Faverolles are amazing birds that will bring you great humor, laughter, and pleasure. They are a medium-sized bird that does have some minor health worries, but these are easily managed with frequent checks.
By being the most popular Faverolles chicken breed in the USA, finding them isn’t too extreme a chore.
Can I Buy Salmon Faverolles Chicks? Where are Salmon Faverolles Chicks for Sale?
- Purely Poultry, out of Fremont, WI, offers a supply of female, male, and non-sexed Salmon Faverolles.
- From Rudd, IA, day-old males, females, and unsexed Salmon Faverolles are available at various times of the year.
- There are also periodic supplies of Salmon Faverolles at My Pet Chicken in Monroe, CT.
Where Can I Buy Salmon Faverolles Chickens?
- Seasonally, from February to July, you can find Salmon Faverolles at Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO.
- Meyer Hatchery in Folk, Ohio, also has seasonal supplies of Faverolles.
Do you own any Salmon Faverolles chickens? Leave a comment below!
Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category. Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.