The Favorelles is a French breed of chicken named after a city in north-central France where it was developed in the 1860s. Originally bred as a utility fowl (for meat and eggs), it has since switched for ornamental and exhibit purposes. Historical facts show that this particular breed came to United Kingdom in 1886, where, in order to reach exhibition standards, British breeders tried to create a Favorelles variety that has longer and raised higher tail feathers, as opposed to the breed’s German and French cousins.
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The Favorelles breed comes from a mix of breeds including Coucou de Rennes, Crvecoeur, Brahma, Houdan, Dorking, and quite possibly, the Cochin as well. The breed is classified as heavy possessing distinguishable characteristics such as having a beard, muffs, feathered feet, and five toes instead of the typical four. Flexible in nature, it can easily adapt to confinement or free range.
Favorelles hen can lay an average of 150 eggs per year. For the British Poultry Standards, standard-sized roosters weigh between 9-11 lbs, while the hens weigh between 7 1/2 - 9 1/2 lbs. The Australian and US standards set a smaller version of the breed - for roosters, 8-10 lbs (Australian) and 8 lbs (American while in hens 6 1/2 lbs (Australian) and 6 lbs (American).