Key Characteristics

They are a hardy, placid, quiet breed and make good broodies. The Faverolles is a dual-purpose breed. The large fowl cocks can weigh 5kg and the bantams 1.4kg, so both are amongst the best of the old pure breeds as table birds, although slower growing than modern broilers.


  • Faverolles originate from the Eure & Loire region of France and were originally a cross between the large imported Asiatic fowls and the local breed.
  • They are thought to have been imported to Britain in about 1892
  • In 1900 a British Faverolles Club was formed and a breed standard published shortly afterwards. Only in 1922 was a breed standard published in France. 


  • They are a heavy, soft feathered breed.
  • They have a distinctive muff and beard, as well as five toes.
  • The most variety is salmon although birds can also be black, buff, ermine, blue, cuckoo or white.


Depending on the strain egg yield is about 200 light brown medium sized eggs for the large hen, bantams around 160 per year. They are a good meat bird, known for their fine textured meat. They are fast growing compared to other traditional breeds. 

Did you know?

Birds have beards and muffs meaning Faverolles have a distinct head. In France, they were known as the fowl with the 'tete de hibou' or the head of an owl.

Breed Societies

British Faverolles Society