For the Love of Faverolles
Im a full-fledged bird lady.
When we first got chickens, we lived on a tiny city lot just a few miles from Toledo’s downtown. The kids and I spent our mornings watching their crazy antics, their fights over worms and apple peels, and constantly replaced the mulch they were forever ruining. My husband especially loved this.
That flock came and went. But once we found a landing pad for this Tiny of ours, Get Chickens was first on the Agenda.
The process of looking for birds isn’t hard but should be something that’s considered for a minute. Every breed has their own specific traits and qualities that you might or not not prefer.
I started my Chicken Hunt by checking out the Livestock Conservancy.
I have a thing for biodiversity so couldnt help but wander over to the Threatened List under Heritage Chicken breeds. One by one, I read each description, noting what I did and didn’t want for our fledgling flock.
In the end, I settled on the beautifully bearded Faverolle.
Hailing originally from France, Faverolles are known as a dual purpose bird – meaning they are useful for both meat and egg production. They make excellent kind and loving mothers, an important detail when planning to raise a breeding flock. And in addition to being cold hardy, winter egg laying is their specialty. That pretty, little detail right there is what sold me on them. Ohio winters can be cold and long and Lord knows I hate buying eggs from the store.
But with the good, comes the bad.
Faverolles dont produce as many eggs as a breed specifically bred for egg laying. On average, they lay approximately 150-180 eggs a year – so 1 egg every 2-3 days. If egg production is your sole focus, this wouldnt be a good option for you. (Check out an American Leghorn instead!)
Favorelles are a very gentle, curious bird. While this is great for families with children, they could be easy targets for predators.
In the end, if you’re considering getting a flock of your own, take a few minutes to figure out what characteristics you want in your birds. It will set you up for a several years of yummy eggs, tasty meat and endless entertainment.
Have birds of your own? What varieties did you settle on? Tell me more in the comments!