Lissa’s Favaucanas – Good news and bad December 6, 2013

We have some good and bad news about our Salmon and Blue Salmon Favaucanas.

Favaucana juveniles

Juvenile Favaucanas are so pretty together! These are mostly blue salmon Favaucanas.

We’ve had nearly 400 people (at the time of this writing) sign up to be notified about when our Salmon Favaucanas—our new “designer cross”—will be available to order.  Those of you who have been following the blog will remember this is a cross breed I started hatching at my WV farm, and which I promptly fell in love with. They’re beautiful and calm, social and friendly, hardy and productive. They lay beautiful sage green eggs in copious amounts, and are great foragers.

And friendly. Did I say friendly? Did I say sage green eggs? Did I say lots of them?

Favaucana rooster

Also look at how beautiful the roosters are. Here’s our Favaucana rooster D’artagnan.

When I provided our CEO (Chief Eggsecutive Officer) Traci with eggs so she could hatch her own Salmon Favaucanas, Traci promptly fell in love with them, too. That’s when we hatched a plan to develop designer Favaucanas for My Pet Chicken to sell—we wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience how awesome Favaucanas are! Once the breeding program was set up, I shared the good news here on the blog, and we provided a place for people to sign up to be notified about when Favaucanas could be ordered.

But you know us. We wanted our Favaucanas to be raised with access (actual, meaningful access) to the outdoors, where they could forage and be… you know… chickens, rather than just egg producing machines. And so they were: our set up was probably very much like the type of set up most of you have at home, lots of space and sunshine and outdoors.

Favaucanas in a mixed flock

Here are some Favaucanas in my mixed flock at home

Unfortunately, having access to the outdoors also means the outdoors has access to the chickens. Wild birds can get in the chickens’ area, for instance, and while that’s not usually a problem, it CAN be… and it was in our case. My home flock is fine, thank goodness. But the Salmon  Favaucana breeding flock contracted an illness from wild birds and had to be culled. This was tragic not only on a business level, but on a personal level. You know we love our chickens, and having a flock die on us was just tremendously heartbreaking.

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Winter sunset and Salmon Favaucana hen

That’s the bad news: we lost the whole Salmon Favaucana breeding flock, and have to start all over with the Salmon Favaucanas.

But on to the good news: the Salmon Favaucanas were not our ONLY Favaucana plan. We’re tricksy that way. We also developed Blue Favaucanas. The Blue Favaucaunas have the same wonderful characteristics of the Salmon Favaucanas–down to egg color!–but with the pretty smoky blue plumage that’s all the rage right now.  And the Blue Favaucanas will be available very soon, so soon we’ve already listed Blue Favaucanas on the My Pet Chicken website.

dreaming of blue favaucanas

Blue Faverolles photo, courtesy of Beanwood Faverolles in the U.K. The blue Favaucanas will be similar, but with a pea comb and a slightly less profuse beard

So… we’ll do the same things here that we did for the Salmon Favaucanas: if you would like to be notified when the Blue Favaucanas are available for ordering, please comment below. We’ll notify you FIRST by email!

 

 

 

70 Comments
Jenny December 6th, 2013

Please notify me! They are beautiful! I love my Blue Orpingtons and would love to have other beautiful blue birds in my flock.

Emma December 6th, 2013

What gorgeous birds. I’d love to be notified when they’re available.

Jennifer December 6th, 2013

Please let me know when they are available. Thank you!

thegirl December 6th, 2013

I love my salmon faverolles, if they are even half as sweet I will love them.

lee December 6th, 2013

please let me know when available

Michelle Chun December 6th, 2013

I would love to be notified. Very exciting.

Ryan Carr December 6th, 2013

I would love to be notified when these are available.

Joanne December 6th, 2013

please let me know when these guys are available…are hatching eggs an option?

Karen Carter December 6th, 2013

I would love to be notified! thanks

Cindy Bishop December 6th, 2013

Sorry about the loss of the salmon Favaucana flock, but I would love to be notified about the availability of the blue Favacanas.

Kathy cox December 6th, 2013

Please let us know when they will be available.

Ginger Petsos December 6th, 2013

Yes, please let me know when these beautiful birds are available!

Mary Duncan December 6th, 2013

The Blue Favaucanas are beautiful, please let me know when they are available.
Thank you

Michelle Ward December 6th, 2013

We’d love to know when they’re available.

Anne December 6th, 2013

I can’t help but wonder if part of the issue might have been the salmon faverolle genetics? A friend ordered birds from you (along with a few other breeds) some time back and while the rest have been healthy the salmon faverolle she gave me has had one problem after another. If we weren’t so diligent about our ‘pets’ and didn’t have an amazing vet I have no doubt she’d be dead in most people’s flocks. And when we did some digging I found lots of concerns pointing back to the mypetchicken salmon faverolles! Most with very similar problems – and I would assume because of the breed as opposed to the source (since all of the rest are healthy and beautiful tough stock). Are they just a little less resistant, perhaps?

And what was the disease yours were culled for? This is information that should be shared so that we may all learn from and try to protect from it!

Lissa December 6th, 2013

They contracted MG; it’s not a question of genetics. (Genetics actually wouldn’t be so bad–you can’t pass genetics to other chickens in the flock [if they're not offspring]!)
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In itself, MG not always fatal. But aside from the respiratory issues (coughing discharge from nares and eyes, swollen face), it causes reduced laying, stunted growth, hatching problems, feather issues and other things. It also weakens the immune system making the birds susceptible to other really serious illnesses if they get stressed. Worse, birds can become asymptomatic carriers for life, and they can pass it in ovo to future generations. It was a genuinely heartbreaking situation. Other hatcheries have had issues with this illness. Even so, especially with major hatcheries like ours, the flocks are closely monitored for health, and these misfortunes are nearly always caught before any chicks or birds are shipped elsewhere.

A few years ago, another major hatchery had a problem with MG, and as I recall, the issue wasn’t discovered until after some chicks had shipped. That is very rare, and my recollection is that the hatchery in question acted responsibly under the circumstances. Most hatcheries have arrangements like ours, where the breeding flocks are quite spread out, not all in one place… meaning, if there is an issue in one breed, it won’t affect every breed. Ours was an unfortunate situation where it only affected the one cross, Salmon Favaucanas.
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As for the Faverolles, we have no known health or genetic issues with them. However, we do pass on any reported trouble to our flock manager so we will notice if we gets lots of reports in any one breed. If you suspect any problems, please email info@mypetchicken.com to report any issues and ask that they be passed along by customer service to the flock manager.

Nancy Oden December 6th, 2013

Please let me know when the Blue Favaucanas are available. Thank you.

Amy Linch December 6th, 2013

Yes, please let me know when they will be available.

Dawn Wright December 6th, 2013

Please include me in the notice when you have those blue beauties available–Thanks!

Jackie Rusch December 6th, 2013

Please let me know :)

Samantha Furst December 6th, 2013

Would love to be notified!

Rebecca December 7th, 2013

Would love to be on the notification list. Definitely want some of these chicks. Thanks!

Jeannie December 8th, 2013

Yes, Please notify me with the blue Favaucanas are available.

Melanie Wilcox-Faulkner December 9th, 2013

Please let me know! I love my salmon faverolles and would love this cross.

Karen December 9th, 2013

I would LOVE the Blue ones, but if all you have is Salmon, I’ll take those.

Linda Fath December 9th, 2013

Please let me know when they are ready. They look beautiful. I need a rooster fast! My one that I bought as a rooster turned out to be a hen and now I have no roosters for my 19 hens. Of course, I’m still getting plenty of eggs from them. Just no babies. I would like a rooster and however many hens needed to make up an order.

Mary December 10th, 2013

Please notify me when they are ready. Absolutely stunning looking chickens!

Ariana December 10th, 2013

Please put me on the list!

Annette Krager December 11th, 2013

Hello
Please put me on the list and notify me when the girls are available. Thank you Annette

Stevee Salazar December 11th, 2013

Silly question:
The Favaucanas are a cross between faverolles and…. ? What other breed?
They are really pretty chickens. Sorry to hear about the salmon favaucana flock, its tragic when a whole flock has to be culled.

Lissa December 12th, 2013

They are a cross between Faverolles and Ameraucanas. :)

Stevee Salazar December 12th, 2013

Thats what I thought ;-)
Just making sure. I would like to be on the list, especially for blue salmon favaucanas.
Thanks.

Sylvia December 14th, 2013

How devastating to lose your flock, utterly heartbreaking. They were gorgeous!
Please add me to the notification list for any color of Favaucana. Would get along well temperament-wise with my Faverolle pullets from My Pet Chicken.

Briana December 17th, 2013

Gorgeous!! Please let me know when the blue Favaucanas are available! Thanks!!

Kari December 18th, 2013

I would love to be notified so that we can add a blue girl to our home flock. Thanks so much

Tierney Clark December 19th, 2013

Hello! I would certainly love to be notified. I wondered why I was never notified before and now I know. How sad.
But yes, id’d love some of these and will await news on the first strain as well. I love my girls and roos, and they have plenty of room to roam!
Thanks again!

Kenneth & Cokie December 19th, 2013

We would like to be notified when the Blue Favaucanas are available for ordering

Tracy S December 22nd, 2013

This breed looks and sounds awesome! Please add me to the list to be notified.

Shelia Simion December 29th, 2013

I would like to notified when the Blue Favaucanas a are available for ordering.

Michael & Lisa Berg January 3rd, 2014

Please notify us once they are available for ordering – thank you

Kristina January 5th, 2014

I would love to be notified when the Favaucanas are available to order!

Susan McCray January 6th, 2014

We do so want a Blue Favaucana and would appreciate an update as to when we can order her Just spoke to Shannon on the phone Thanks for the help!

Joey January 6th, 2014

I would like to be notified when the Blue Favaucanas are available for ordering.

Thank you.

bethmoney January 6th, 2014

I was wondering ir you had ever seen a cross breed of a faverole and aa blue copper maron the rooster is very similar they are very beautiful let me know if you would like a pic

Lissa January 8th, 2014

I’ve seen a Faverolles X black copper, so I can imagine how pretty the blue would be! I love mixed breed birds. :)

Lesia Z. January 8th, 2014

I would like to be notified when the Blue Favaucanas are available for purchase. Thank you. They are beautiful!

Holly W January 9th, 2014

I would like to be notified when the Blue Favacaunas are available. Thank you so much!

Dawn Kerby January 9th, 2014

Please notify me when the Favacaunas are available. Most magnificent chicken I have ever seen. Would be delighted to add to my flock

Janet January 10th, 2014

Please let me know when they’re available! Thanks :)
I’m soooo looking forward to these!

Ramin January 12th, 2014

Please contact me when the Chickens are available. Thank you.

Jan Lileck January 16th, 2014

Hello, Could you please notify me when the Blue Favaucanas can be ordered? Thank you so much!

Jason Ferrara January 22nd, 2014

Oh please please please please let me know when they are ready to come home!

Laurie January 24th, 2014

Please let me know when they are available. Thank you.

Pam January 27th, 2014

Please let me know when the blue favaucana is available.

Deborah January 28th, 2014

Please do let me know when these are available!

Amy Carpenter January 29th, 2014

I’m in love with this breed! Please notify me!!

Kirsten February 3rd, 2014

Can you please put me on the list to notify when they are available? Gorgeous birds!

Greg February 5th, 2014

Please notify me when Blue Ameraucanas and Blue Favaucanas are available.

Thank you

Kristen February 8th, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your chickens (((hugs))). I know it can be heartbreaking. If would love to be notified when you have Blue Favaucanas ready for sale :)

Mayhen February 10th, 2014

I think I commented in the wrong post before. if you would please notify me of availability I would be delighted. Also, the woman I spoke to on the phone at MPC today was so insightful. Because of her advice and insight I was able to get my husband to finally agree to a fauvicana rooster! thank you MPC :)

Shelia February 15th, 2014

I would like to be notified when the Blue Favaucanas are available for sale. I am crazy about all of my current chickens. I am excited to own one of your beautiful birds! I love the blue coloring of these chickens! Thank you!!!

Terry Cho February 18th, 2014

Hi – please let me know when the Blue Favaucaunas are ready. They sound wonderful!

Andrea February 22nd, 2014

We’re new to all this, but want to find the right match for an enthusiastic eight-year-old – these sound ideal. Please let us know when they are available. Thank you!

Kelly Harms February 24th, 2014

Please let me know when there are some Blue Favaucaunas are available. I love all blue birds, and own and love the two foundation breeds.

Jackie Eaton March 1st, 2014

I would love to be notified when some are available!

Sam March 3rd, 2014

Please let me know about availabilities!

Beverly Breeze March 9th, 2014

Please email me when the Blue Favaucana are available.

Laura March 12th, 2014

I also would be interested in the blue cross. Thanks again.

Gail Stickney April 6th, 2014

I would love some Blue Favaucana female chicks! Please let me know when they are available. Thanks so much.
Gail

Gabrielle April 11th, 2014

These are adorable and amazing birds! I’d love to know when they are available. Thank you!

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