Faverolles chicken farming is popular in it’s native area and some other parts of the world where the breed is available. It is actually very beautiful and dual purpose breed of domestic chicken which is raised and valued for both meat and eggs production purposes.
The Faverolles chicken breed was originated from France. It was actually developed as an utility bird in the 1860s in north-central France (in the vicinity of the villages of Houdan and Faverolles). And name of this breed came from the village of Faverolles in France.
Today, the Faverolles chickens are very popular as a dual purpose breed and also mostly raised for exhibition and novelty. They are excellent for both meat and eggs production purposes.
Actually several different chicken breeds were used for developing this breed. Such as Brahma, Dorking, Houdan, Crvecoeur, Coucou de Rennes and possibly the Cochin. The breed was actually bred for meat production purpose. But they also produce a good number of eggs, so they are true dual purpose birds.
There are many color varieties of the Faverolles chicken. But all the color varieties are not recognized by the APA’s Standard of Perfection. Salmon and white variety were accepted in the APA’s Standard of Perfection. There is also a bantam variety of this breed available.
However, as these birds are good dual purpose bird, so starting commercial Faverolles chicken farming business can be profitable. Because these birds are good for both meat and eggs production.
How to Start Faverolles Chicken Farming Business
Starting Faverolles chicken farming business is just like starting and operating a successful chicken farming business with any other domestic chicken breeds. The Faverolles chickens are relatively strong and hardy birds. So they will require lees caring and other management.
Actually you can start Faverolles chicken farming business even if you are a beginner. Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Faverolles chicken farming business from purchasing birds to caring and marketing.
First of all, you have to purchase very good quality, disease free and healthy birds for starting your Faverolles chicken farming business. Purchasing healthy and disease free birds is very important for Faverolles chicken farming business.
You can start your business either with day old chicks or with mature birds, depending on the price and availability in your area. The mature birds are generally sold at a very high price in the market. But the day old chicks are much cheaper. So we recommend starting with day old chicks.
Purchase the chicks from any of your nearest poultry chick suppliers, chicken breeding centers or existing Faverolles chicken farms (if there is any). You can also search your local online classified websites for purchasing the birds.
Building a good, comfortable and safe shelter/housing system is very important for Faverolles chicken farming business. Because a good house not only helps the birds to stay healthy but also helps them to stay free from all types of predators and adverse weather conditions.
The type of the house can be any depending on your budget. It can be of full concrete setup or you can build the house with low cost and easily available materials. Just ensure that the house is secure and comfortable for the birds.
Install good ventilation system inside the house. Because good ventilation system helps to reduce gas from the house. Also ensure flow of sufficient amount of fresh air and light inside the house.
And try to build the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house. The Faverolles chickens are classed as a heavy breed. So a mature bird will require around of up to 5 square feet of housing space.
Feeding the birds with very good quality and nutritious food is the most important part of Faverolles chicken farming business. Because good food not only helps the birds to grow better, but also helps them to stay healthy and produce more.
So always try to provide your birds with enough quality food. You can feed them either commercial poultry feeds or prepare the feeds of your own. Just ensure that it is nutritious and healthy for the birds.
Never feed your chickens with contaminated food. And always try to provide them with enough clean and fresh water as per their demand.
The Faverolles chickens are good for raising in both confinement and free range system. But raising them in free range system will help you to reduce feeding costs, and at the same time it will improve the quality of the products.
The Faverolles chickens are naturally very good breeders, just like many other domestic chicken breeds. They will breed easily and produce fertile eggs for hatching if you keep good ratio of hens and roosters in your flock. Generally one mature and healthy rooster is enough for breeding around or up to 10 hens.
The Faverolles chickens are naturally very strong, hardy and active birds. So they generally require less caring and other management. Although taking additional care will help the birds to grow better and produce more.
Monitor your birds on a regular basis for any signs of diseases or illness. And take necessary steps if you notice anything uncommon. Vaccinate your birds timely and keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Marketing chicken products is not a problem. Because chicken products have very good demand and value in the market throughout the world. So you will probably be able to easily sell your products in the local market. Although you should set your marketing strategies before starting this business.
These are the common steps for starting and operating a successful Faverolles chicken farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck & may God bless you!