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Fayoumis Reviews

Positive Reviews


Great Free-Range Rooster


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.   ...
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Love my ladies


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.

Negative Reviews




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...
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Funny Birds


Pros: Have a funny personality,

Cons: skittish, LOUD, Loves to roost in trees

I currently have one that I got as a mystery chick from Murray McMurray Hatchery he is very skittish but since I haven't had the time to really handle him very much like I would like too so I think that has a lot to do with why he is so frightened. Mine used to roost very high in our maple tree every night. He was so high up we couldn't reach him with a ladder! He is also very loud! Mine crows at 1-2AM each day! But non the less he is a great bird and I wouldn't trade him for anything! Difficult to find this breed too. 

Shy but very predator wary


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.

More Reviews


Noisy but cool-looking hens


Pros: Look snappy, very active, fun to watch, smart

Cons: Noisy beyond belief, flighty, not very friendly, don't seem to like the cold

I've had chickens for well over ten years of my life but I've only had Fayoumi pullets for six months. From day one, they did NOT like being handled. I was aware that they weren't too friendly, so I don't mind it too much. They are pretty snappy looking, black and white and sleek, and I'm a fan of big, sorta-floppy single combs which two of my three hens have. They like flying up to high places and when you look at them you can tell they are thinking about something. I don't know what they're thinking about but it's not just "food water food preen feathers time to lay an egg water food dustbath food not interested mr. rooster food food" like most hens seem to think.   Of...
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Great birds, not for everyone though.


Pros: Mature quickly, predator resistant.

Cons: Don't handle change well, stressed by much human interaction, not dual purpose.

In my experience, Fayoumis are very predator resistant, especially with hawks. They are the first to notice one, sound the alarm, and take cover. They always seem to notice a threat first and alert the fat and lazy hens. The cost of this alertness is that they are somewhat nervous, a change in the coop or run tends to stress them immensely (as do newcomers to the flock) and they don't care to interact with people much. Not bad birds by any means, but I think people looking for 'pets' might be disappointed. As an alarm system for the flock, they are great.

Never gets eaten by predators!!!


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...
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NOISY but full of personality


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...
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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...
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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.
Kristin Brown

Egyptian Fayoumis


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.       



Pros: Lovely looking great eggs long lives

Cons: Flighty, scream when caught

I bought two from the domestic fowl trust as my first chickens. Now I only have their daughters and my other birds which they inspired me to breed or buy. Sadly they were both taken by the fox. Recently bought another hen house hoping for some more and a higher fence!

Just the chicks


Pros: Heat tolerant

Cons: I don't know that much about them...

In East Texas, we don't have to worry about the cold weather as much as the heat, so I was trying to find a more heat tolerant breed and came upon the Egyptian Fayoumis, mine are still chicks under heat, so I'll update their progress as they grow.They seem to be hardy and strong, haven't lost one yet!

Great layers...

My little Fayoumi is a very cute little bird, and a great layer. She's free range with 11 other chickens and she holds her own. My only complaint is that when I walk near her, she runs away. VERY flightly.
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