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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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
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!
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...
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.
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.