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Fayoumis

Average User Rating:
3.27778/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    Heat
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    Egg Size:
    Small
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    They come in one variety - silver and black penciled
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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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Recent User Reviews

  1. shanadienne
    3/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    3.5
    Purchase Price:
    4.35
    Purchase Date:
    2016-06-06
  2. windnleavesfarm
    2/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    2.5
  3. SpringPeeper
    3/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    3.5

User Comments

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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 )
  3. davemonkey
  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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