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. Details: Detail Value 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 Both pics by @boorock BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/fayoumis BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/544351/egyptian-fayoumis-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/398910/fayoumis/0_30 Do you own Fayoumis? Are you a Fayoumi breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!