People own Salmon Faverolles for their silliness, their steady egg production, and their fine meat.
The name Faverolles comes from a small village in France, north of Paris, which is the region in which the breed originated. One interesting thing about the name is that a single representative of the breed is still a "faverolles" rather than a "faverolle." For many years, this was one of the most popular breeds in the north of France, with one expert estimating 98% of the chickens sold in the Houdan market were Faverolles.
Salmon Faverolles are certainly a composite breed - that is, several breeds were used in developing the current standard. What is not known is exactly which breeds were used. Salmon Faverolles have a fifth toe and especially white flesh, so it is suspected that the Dorking and Houdan contributed.
Salmon Faverolles hens and roosters have drastically different appearances. Hens are lighter in color, with cream, buff, straw, and copper feathering. Roosters, though, have black, golden, and white feathering. Salmon Faverolles roosters are sometimes small when compared to males of other breeds, but they are always stunning in appearance.
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