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.
Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are completely different than the 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 only as vent sexing is not possible. We offer multiple sexing options. If you are not able to care for an accidental rooster our female coverage and DNA sexing options are a great value.
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 ($50 savings) and issuing store credit in the amount of orginal purchased price. While other breeds or families with strong emotional attachments prefer to invest in DNA sexing.
If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.
Female Chick Coverage
Our female sexing coverage is designed for families that live within city ordinances that do not allow roosters or families wanting a free home for any accidental rooster. To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must be healthy. If the family decides to return the healthy rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you decide if you would rather return the healthy boy(s) for credit or if you have fallen in love with the boy(s) and prefer to keep him/them without credit.
Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% (bantam breeds such as Silkies), 90% (standard breeds) and as high as 97% (auto sexing breeds). To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on breed and how you can sex as they age, View: How to Sex Chickens
Female sex covered chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
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. You will receive laboratory results certifying 99.9% accuracy. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.
Our DNA sexed option is offered as "Next Available" or as a pre-order. Once enough chicks hatch and are available, we submit multiple chicks for testing for each DNA female chick ordered. The laboratory results can take 1-2 weeks after sample submission.
Time flexibility of order fulfillment is needed for this option. Once your order is ready, we communicate via text (to the number provided at checkout) that your order is ready for pick up. DNA sexed chicks need to be picked up or delivery arranged within 7 days of text. We are not able to extend free boarding. If exceeding 7 days, the original order will be forfeited. We are able to provide a store credit to allow reordering minus a $65 DNA testing fee.
DNA Sexed Female chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
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.