Why we like this breed: In a matter of moments, these friendly French ladies will soar into your hearts. This is an excellent breed for families that are drawn to the looks of a Silkie but need full sized eggs, hardier winter breed, and ability to tell females from males quicker. They're wonderfully odd-looking, with muffs, a beard, feathered feet and five toes. Salmon Faverolle chicks are easy to sex at 3-5 weeks of age. It is a blessing to know who is a female versus bonding for several months before confirming. Rooster wings are black and white and females have a multi-color wing mixed with salmon brown, black, and white.
Feathers: Hens are beautiful, with snowy breasts and fluffy white faces: their backs are a lovely honeyed salmon color with white lacing. Roosters are huge and magnificent, parading around with a virtual rainbow of colors: iridescent black where the hens are white, burnished with bronze on their backs and wings, while their hackles and saddles the color of pale straw.Males have darker colored wings which are noticeable at 2 weeks of age. Females have lighter salmon colored wings which are noticeable at 2 weeks of age.You will adore picking up your Salmon Faverolle to caressing her soft, smooth and fluffy beards and explore her tuffs with your fingertips. Faverolles offer distinctive looks that make them a standout beauty in anyone’s flock of fine feathered friends.
Egg Color/ Frequency: Gifts 3-4 large pink tinted brown eggs a week
Personality: Faverolles love life as much as they love the friends and family whom they share their days with. The Salmon Faverolle breed is very gentle, good-natured with children, and is known to be very affectionate with their families. Everyone that adopts Faverolles are always delighted by how sweet, gentle and social they are. These girls love to be cuddled and will following you and your child(ren) around. For the days that you need a little emotional support, faverolles are sure to cheer you up. These pleasure loving ladies know how to enjoy the little things: from eating a wiggly worm to bathing in the dust bath. History: At the turn of the 20th century, Faverolles, orginated from Northern France in a samall village called Faverolles. While no records exist on the creation of this breed, research suggest their bloodlines include a combination of Houdans, Cochins, Brahma, French Rennes, Flemish cuckoo, Malines and Dorking.At that time, the Houdan was the current breed in favor and supplied the Parisian markets with fresh meat and eggs, but the Houdan detested the recent introduction of cage confinement and did not behave well.The French farmers were looking for a hen that tolerated caged confinement better than the Houdan. The Faverolles seemed to tolerate confinement very well and did not exhibit any cage induced bad habits like the Houdan did. Faverolles are equally at home foraging in the fields – a very accommodating hen.In 1894 the first Faverolles were imported to the UK where the British continued to work with the bird and even set a UK standard for the breed. It wasn’t until the early 1900s when they were imported to the states by a Dr. Phelps of Glen Falls, New York. Resulting in a mature hen weighing 6.5 pounds of pure joy.
Chick: Salmon Faverolles
Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are proud to be completely different than typical feed store/ hatchery industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs since they are too small for safe vent sexing. We offer multiple sexing options.
If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.
This option means that the chicks have not yet been sexed and are sold as a straight run. While nature usually averages half girls and half boys in high volumes, families should only order if prepared for >50% possible roosters.
This is our most economical choice for families seeking a female. We kept city ordinances that restrict rooster ownership in mind. This option is great for families that want to enjoy a backyard flock of ladies. We use traditional sexing methods on the breeds that capable of being vent sexed, home accidental roosters, and issue store credit of original purchased price. To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on their breed view: How to Sex Chickens.
Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% for bantam breeds, 90% for standard breeds, and as high as 95% for auto sexing breeds. Our female coverage option is not a service fee for sexing the chick, it is the cost difference between purchasing a male or a female chicken. We do not believe in grinding males alive nor suffocating them as day olds to enable a profit when selling a stated female chick at ridiculously low prices. Thus, our female pricing takes into consideration the male left behind with each female purchased. Male chicks are typically half the price of a female.
To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must remain in perfect health. If the family decides to return the rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you are welcome to decide to keep any accidental rooster and forfeit the credit.
DNA Sexed Female Chicks
For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.
Balance accuracy with financial investment
The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.
We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster (up to $100 savings) and use the store credit towards a replacement or our organic feed. While harder to sex bantam breeds, or families that know they will develop a with strong emotional attachment prefer to invest in DNA sexing.