Beanwood Faverolles

Faverolles and Brahmas

Beanwood Blues......

I had always thought that the salmons were my favourite colour, with the striking differences between the male and female in plumage. Then Simon Harvey turned up about 4 years ago with a cardboard box containing a wonderful trio of bantam blue faverolles. The cockerel looked up and me and chuckled, and I was smitten.

I have to admit not knowing a great deal about breeding blues, not that I do now, but I hope I now know a bit more than I did then. Maybe I can persuade a few hardened salmon faverolles keepers to consider this lovely bantam. These tubby, friendly faverolles  take a couple of minutes to endear themselves with their pretty lacing and dark eyes.

We have had a few challenges along the way with developing our own strain of bantam blues. In order to improve type and inject some fresh blood, we used a really typey bantam salmon  faverolles . We felt that the gene pool was just too narrow at the time to make any significant headway in terms of improving the general shape, wing carriage and broadness across the back. Using salmon has certainly had its drawbacks, 2 years for one of gold leakage as you would expect,especially through the hackles of the males, so progress has been slow but rather fun with a few colourful all sorts running around the garden!

So what is blue? Well Blue is not strictly a colour, but in simple terms a dilution of black. .Blue is also an unstable gene, so typically you will find different combinations occur when breeding blue to blue. Blue is really a washed out black, with splash being a paler version again.


Blue x Blue = 50%  Blue

                       25%  Black

                       25%  Splash  - A note here on black from blue, this is not an ideal black, and the blue may give a                                                   matt, purple hue. When breeding for black, if possible use black to black to give a nice glossy black with that lovely beetle green sheen. If you want to hatch just blue offspring then you would need a combination of black to splash (100% blue). Blue to Splash 50% will be blue and 50% will be black.


The Faverolles Blue..

 

Calls for a laced blue (same as  the Orpington standard, but different to Andulusians). So what does this mean? The feather should ideally should have nice wide webbing, blue inside and a black fringe giving this lovely blue-laced appearance, with clearly defined feathering:


BFS Standard  for Blue..


First things first, so what is blue? Well it?s not strictly a colour, but in simple terms more of a dilution of black. This is why you get different combinations when breeding blue to blue. Typically you will get a ratio of black 30% splash 30% blue and 30% black. What does this tell us? Well that blue and splash are just diluted black, the blue gene does not breed ?true?. If you want to hatch just blue offspring you would need to use a combination of black to splash, then 100% of the chicks will be blue. Blue to splash about 50:50 blue and splash chicks. 

The Faverolles Standard for Blues..

Calls for a ?laced blue? so what does that mean I hear you say? It means that the feather ideally should have nice wide webbing, blue inside and a black fringe giving this lovely blue laced appearance, with clearly defined feathering.

BFS Standard..

Eyes black or brown. Beak black
Legs and feet black or blue
Male: Plumage of head, muffling, hackles, back tail and wingbows a uniform dark blue. Remainder a rich blue each feather laced a dark shade.
Female:  uniform blue, each feather laced a dark shade.
Defects: White in foot feathA ricer, pale eyes a minor fault.
Serious defects: White in wing or brassiness in hackle
Eyes black or brown. Beak black
Legs and feet black or blue
Male:  Plumage of head muffling, hackles, black, tail and wingbows a uniform dark blue. Remainder a rich blue hue each feather laced a derk shade. Female:  Uniform blue each feather laced a dark shade.
Defects: White in foot feather, pale eyes a minor fault
Serious defects: White in wing or brassiness in hackle or saddle 
  See Photo Gallery for more photos of blue faverolles. Watch this space as well for progress on my new project developing blue salmons!

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