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    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    They come in one variety - silver and black penciled
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    Large Fowl

    The Fayoumis are a very old breed, originating in Egypt. They were named for the Faiyum Governorate southwest of Cairo and west of the Nile. Fayoumis are a hardy breed and particularly well suited to hot climates. The breed, through poultry genetics research and anecdotal reports, is thought to be especially resistant to viral and bacterial infections. They are also very good foragers, and if left to their own devices on a free range basis they can fend for themselves in a nearly feral manner. Fayoumi hens are good layers of small, off-white eggs. They are not given to broodiness as pullets, but can be when they reach two or three years of age. The breed is fast to mature, with hens laying by four and half months, and cockerels crowing at five or six weeks.

    Fayoumi chicks

    Fayoumi hen

    Fayoumi rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-fayoumi.1162100/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

    General Egg Info:
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    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. floodthelast
    "Tough and spunky not cuddly"
    Pros - fast and tough, surprisingly cold hardy with their small comb. Good free rangers, great flyers.
    Cons - Great flyers, need a covered run or free range. Not cuddly. Will dominate despite size.
    My Cleo was close with me until the new chicks came and I protected them from her. Now she tolerates me. She'll eat from my hand but will peck if reached for or if I collect eggs under her. No more flying to my shoulder everyday.
    She is tough as nails and high ranking in the pecking order despite her size. I was surprised by her cold hardiness. Her wattles and comb got quite blue but didn't suffer frostbite like some of my other hens.
    She is a good layer gets along well enough with the bigger hens although she tends to pick on the bantams.
    I am impressed with her laying and egg size compared with her size/weight. She is a compact little thing that really packs a punch. The personality is distrustful, they prefer chickens to people. Smart birds though.
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    May 2016
  2. ChickenCrazy00
    "Quirky Little Character"
    Pros - Tolerant of Heat, Friendly, Energetic, Excellent Free-Range Hen
    Cons - Likes to fly, very noisy (in an ear piercing, screeching way)
    Whiteout (or Velociraptor, as we call her, since she bears an uncanny resemblance to one) is a colourful, bright hen. She is friendly, since she was socialized as a chick, and is the first one to run out of the coop on days when they get to free range. She is also first to the treats. She loves to fly, but since our hens have a covered run, it isn't a problem. She will fly onto the fence post of the horse pen. One thing for sure, she is a very quirky individual. I find that Fayoumis are wonderful free range chickens, since they are alert and can fly well. Their markings could also disoriented predators, due to the close barring of their feathers that sometimes make me jump when I see her run out of my perifrial vision. She lays well for a breed that is not a heavy egg producer. The color of them is beautiful creamy, off-white. The only complaint I have is that her egg song sounds like a someone who is scratching a chalkboard while simultaneously being murdered, but that could just be her. Whiteout is very, very loud!
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  3. shanadienne
    "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 my three, we have two with blue legs and one with green legs (you never know with hatcheries). Green legs, aka Pharah, was the first of the flock to start laying eggs. She's also the noisiest, most annoying hen we've ever had. Some days I really do want to return her to the hatchery because she does the usual whining call that hens make when they want something, but she just wants to be let out of the pen (makes sense; fayoumi are said not to tolerate confinement well), but then there's this long, monosyllabic cry that at first made us run to the window to make sure one of the chickens wasn't being attacked. Nope, just Pharah. She has not stopped doing it. In fact, we realized, she's learning how to crow. We've had crowing hens in the past and she's definitely getting better at it, too. I'm all for feminist hens who defy gender roles but it's so annoying, every day, a dozen times a day. Speaking of chicken gender roles, I've seen her try to peck the alpha rooster as if he were a lower-ranking hen. Not even challenging him, just assuming she out-ranked him. The other Fayoumis are similar but not so brazen.

    The other two can be pretty loud and complainy too, but it's not as bad. And one of them, Ace, we actually called "friendly one" before we could tell her apart from the other. She will fly up onto your arm or shoulder, and she will actually sit and perch on your arm if you let her, or try to eat the lint from my sweatshirt. It's super cute, but she'll jump down if you try to touch her. So, they're not a lost cause.

    But boy are they noisy. If you have any sort of local ordinance about hens-but-no-roosters, do not get these hens because you will be responsible for the ordinance being changed to no chickens at all. If you want cuddly, well, maybe you have a 33% chance of a sort-of-cuddly one. If you want to keep them in a pen, be ready for noise. But if you want to have cool-looking hens running and flying around your yard, these would be fantastic.
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  1. RussianChickens
    Yep, they are rascals, I like them because they don't get eaten and are pretty but thats it. But for handling they are no good. And when they get sick! Good luck treating them! They are terrible patients lol.

    I only keep the hens of this breed.
  2. dynodon
    I had an Egyptian rooster that I had raised from a baby .He grew up with a bunch of other chicks ,but was always wild .When I walked up to his pen , he would bounce off the wire like a wild quail .I turned him loose to run out . He would range through the woods ,and finally didn't come back .(good riddance )
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  4. AnomieAcres
    So hey did you end up doing these crosses? I have just ordered some and your story was interesting.
  5. roostersandhens
    You know, if I ever got bantams I think I would either get this breed, or D'uccles. Possibly Silkies. Good review!
  6. Penny Hen
    Don't sell short that watchdog function. I still live in horror of the nightmare story my mom told me when she was a girl. There roosters weren't quite as vigilant and a possom creeped up into the chicken shed and grabbed one of the hens and ate her alive starting from the back. If grandma had had your little screamer the hen might have woke up in time to avoid the possom.
  7. BriskRooster
    i love fayoumis but i cant find a place to buy some or one

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