Can You Identify This Mystery Chicken Breed?

This cold-hardy breed lays cream-colored eggs and hails from a small village in France. Can you guess what it is? Read on for the answer!

by Chickens Magazine HQ
PHOTO: Diane Jacky

Chickens and other poultry members come in all sizes, shapes, colors and personalities. Nearly 400 recognized breeds and varieties of poultry exist, including large-fowl and bantam chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowl. Using our illustration and a few selected hints, can you guess the mystery breed we have depicted here? Find out the answer below!


  • This chicken breed was originally bred as a utility poultry breed for winter eggs. 
  • According to Murray McMurray Hatchery, these cold-hardy birds are “good-sized chickens with a beard, muff, feathered legs and feet, and fifth toe.”
  • Males are straw-colored with reddish brown and black markings. Females are a creamy white and salmon brown, and l`ay cream-colored eggs.
  • The breed originated in a small village in France called Faverolles. 

Read more: Want another challenge? Try your hand at this mystery breed!

Mystery Breed Answer

This mystery chicken breed was brought to you by Murray McMurray Hatcherywhich provides the highest quality poultry and auxiliary products to its customers and has been a trusted, knowledgeable industry resource for more than 100 years. Whether you are an experienced or novice enthusiast, Murray McMurray is sure you will enjoy its wide selection of breeds and supplies to assist you with raising your flock!

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Chickens magazine.

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