Fayoumis

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Pros: Fun to watch them, Cockerels non-aggressive to me and to other chickens, VERY predator-resistant!

Cons: Roosters noisy, egg size is small, hens love to wander far away

I had a beautiful flock of Fayoumis at one time. I loved watching them and wanted to keep them forever! However, the roosters became too noisy as they grew up. They would crow almost constantly when I was outside. They crowed so much that I became embarrassed and felt sorry for our neighbors.

 

The egg size is small. The pullet eggs we were getting were bantam sized. I am sure they would have become larger as time went on.

 

The hens started to wander far away, into the woods. They flew over my 8 foot high fence and loved to explore. I didn't mind this at first when it was just a couple of them, but when more and more of them started to wander, I didn't like it.


I kept one hen who has an injured leg (I think from squeezing through the fencing) and plan to keep her since she doesn't fly out of the pen. I do love their personalities! Her name is Annette.

 

This breed would be excellent for those who free range their chickens and would like a predator-resistant chicken. I didn't lose a single one from predation, despite their wanderings and our frequent hawk and owl visits, which is a miracle!

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Pros: Beautiful, alert, Roo is protective, but not agressive

Cons: Small stature

I only have a Rooster which was given to me along with 11 hens of various breeds.  He is protective of the flock, coming to check on the hens when my dogs get too close or even when we pick them up...but he does not attack us.  He also does a great job making sure the girls get plenty of treats.  When he finds a juicy bug or other treat, he immobilizes it and then calls the hens over to get it, instead of eating it himself.  I've not had any other Rooster before, so I don't know if that is typical, but I am impressed with that.  He is gentle with the hens while mating, and he wastes no time letting our Leghorn cockerel know who is boss. 

 

Overall, I totally love this Rooster and the more I learn of the breed, the more I'd like to keep a few.  The only drawback for me is that I have read they lay a small egg.  But for a free-range flock, this seems to be the way to go when predators are a potential hazard.  I have considered letting some eggs hatch out to see what pops out of them and whether they end up as good layers who can fend for themselves.  Maybe one day in the future you'll see some pics of Fayoumis x Barred Rock (or Australorp, or EE)...time will tell...

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Pros: good free range, efficient layers

I love my little Fayoumi girls!  They are energetic and entertaining, always on the move and very curious.  I would not recommend them for "pet" chickens because they are a bit shy but they are great for free ranging!  I'm not sure mine ever eat at the feeder.  They are very loud and chatty and lay the cutest, creamy little round eggs.

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Pros: Predator proof!!! Good early layers, Rooster proof

Cons: Very wild, un-catchable, LOUD, aggressive even after regular handling, small birds = small eggs

Have a few hens. Roosters don't over breed these guys. They are fast and flighty. They are wild and don't like to be caught even after regular handling and they will peck and scratch you hard. Make a horrendous racket when you try to catch them. They are small and lay smaller eggs, personally I don't mind a bit having smaller eggs as I don't eat much.

 

They are reliable layers and lay well, Predator PROOF!!! Low maintenance. 

 

Right bird for the right person. Good free rangers. Not good for back yards or being penned up or as pets.

 

Owners must not mind smaller eggs and wild tempered birds that must free range. If you can put up with that or have a large predator problem this is the bird for you!

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Pros: Very fun to watch - persistent, friendly, daily layer, good friend

Cons: VERY LOUD - constant loud chatter, untouchable, too good of a flier

I got my first and only fayoumis last year.  She is very very small, but now lays eggs daily.  I'm not sure how the egg actually comes out of her - it is as big as she is.  MY EF, Booker, had an interesting life.  As a chick, she was bit in the neck by a rabbit i adopted (the rabbit i had is so sweet and loves the chicks, but this new rabbit was different).  At one point, I also stepped on her head.  That's right. She got loose in our basement and after 30 mins of chasing her, I finally cornered her and went to grab her.  With that step, she tried to double back and got under my boot.  Horrible day.  She pulled through, though!  She is a great fighter - and, just like with everything else, she is very very stubborn.  She has a BFF, Sheldon, that she won't let out of her sight.  She is a great friend to Sheldon and it is very sweet to watch the two of them together, especially since sheldon is a Cuckoo Marans and about 4 times the size of booker.  Booker is so fun to watch flit about the yard and forage. Big downside is I still can't catch her to save her life.  She runs sooooooo fast and jumps on everything from trees to the garage roof.  I have trained her to jump on my back, though, so, when in doubt, i'll bend over and snap and she'll hop right up. 

Biggest most awful downfall is she is a spoiled brat.  When in the run, she will make the most horrendous terrible pterodactyl noises.  Just horrible.  I feel bad for the neighbors and am embarrassed how awful she is.  I try to let them out as much as possible to avoid this, but there's only so much i can do. I am pretty sure that Booker and Sheldon are writing a book together - the two of them NEVER shut up.  it is constant constant chatter.  they have so much fun, but sometimes it gets too much.

Booker is very beautiful.  Her coloring is great, her eyes are stunning, and her tail is really something else.  If you live in a small area with close neighbors, I would not recommend an EF.  If you can't free range regularly, I would not recommend an EF.  She's a beautiful addition and so fun to watch, but I'm not sure I would get her kind again...

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Pros: Entertaining, Good "Watch Dog"

Cons: Flighty, LOUD

I received a Fayoumi chick as my exotic and have really enjoyed watching him grow.   Slight in stature but big on personality.   Henry, (rooster) has very accepting of 'others' in his run....he's housed with 3 turkeys, 4 hens (that he 'stole' from another rooster), and a pheasant.   He squeals like a little girl when you touch him but will allow you to hold/pet him once picked up.   He's like a roadrunner, dashing everywhere which is pretty entertaining.    He really doesn't have a purpose on my farm, other than the entertainment value but his personality is so much fun....I've kept him.   He makes for a good "watch dog" and screams when something is in the yard that isn't supposed to be. 

 

I wouldn't get another one but they sure are flashy and fun...just really doesn't serve much purpose other than my enjoyment :-)

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Pros: Less likely to be caught by predator. Lay early

Cons: wild, hard to get in show condition

They mature quickly so you will have eggs sooner. They like to sleep places other than their coop tho, so fenced run with top is important if you don't want them roosting in the trees. Good thing is their survival instinct is still really good so they may make it when other chickens won't.

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Pros: a predator will never catch them ok egg layers

Cons: tiny bit flighty

I have 2. Super, super fast and agile. Bit flighty. Like the breed.thumbsup.gif

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Pros: Daily Layer

Cons: Flighty, Noisy, Small Eggs

This year I had 5 Egyptian Fayoumis. This breed is petite in size however not as small as bantams. My hens laid small white eggs daily. I noticed the hens were particularly flighty - often they escaped over the 6ft chain link fencing. The hens are very noisy with their squawking in the yard! Rooster was typical of most males with his crowing however, he was gentle with the hens which I appreciated. 

 

 

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Fayoumis
Description:

The Fayoumi is a very old breed of chicken native to an area of Egypt southwest of the Nile called the Faium Governorate. They have been raised in that area since B.C. They were first imported to the west in the 1940's by a professor from the University of Iowa.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeOrnamental
CombSingle
BroodinessSeldom
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFlighty
Breed Colors/VarietiesThey come in one variety - silver and black penciled
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty, loud, active,

Breed Colors / Varieties:

They come in one variety - silver and black penciled

Breed Details:

This is a fast maturing breed with pullets laying at 4 months and males crowing at 5-6 weeks old. Eggs are usually off-white and not pure white. Roosters have silver-white plumage on the head, neck, back and saddle. The rest of their body is black and white pencilling. Hens have silver-white had and neck with black and white barring on the body. Earlobes and wattles are red with a white spot in the earlobe. They can have slate or willow green legs. They are not normally broody, but can become so when they are 2-3 years old. They are known to be good foragers and are typically flighty, but not aggressive. People describe their bearing as jaunty and they are sometimes compared to road runners. This is because they have a long neck and carry their tails almost vertical. They are fairly small with males weight 4.5 lbs and hens averaging 3.5 They are not yet an American Poultry Association recognized breed. As chicks they look very similar to a Silver Campine. As they mature, Fayoumi's head and hackle feathers are more silver/gray while the Campine's are closer to white. Campines feather pattern is barred and Fayoumi's are pencilled Also, at maturity Campines will out weigh a Fayoumi by around a pound. My Fayoumis are quite entertaining. They are great foragers and very talkative. I've talked with other owners that claim their's like to be held, but so far, mine just like to run. Zepchick told me hers would catch flies out of the air while being held. They are great alarms systems and screech when they are disturbed. Credits: hen and egg picutres provided by Mikasgirl. Rooster picture from Triple Spring Acres hobby farm.

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