The Fayoumis Chicken is an Ancient breed and originated from Fayoum, Egypt. There primary purpose is egg production. Fayoumi Chickens are hardy and very precocious in early maturing. They are excellent at flying and tend to escape coops and pens. The Fayoumi Chickens will scream like a banshee if captured and seem to have more connections with guineas. Technically they are a penciled breed and not barred coming in silver or gold.
Characteristics: Fayoumis chickens are a hardy breed, and particularly well suited to hot climates.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.
- Standard Weights: Cock-4-1/2 pounds; hen-3-1/2 pounds; cockerel-3 pounds; pullet-2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: An small egg producing variety.
- Origin: Egypt
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.