Egyptian Fayoumis Chickens

Egyptian Fayoumis Chickens
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Day Old Egyptian Fayoumi Baby Chicks

Hatching February to August.

For centuries, the Egyptian Fayoumi Chicken has been raised by farmers who live on the banks of the Nile River. This ornamental bird is slender, active, and agile and brings its owners great joy. 

Production: Since the Egyptian Fayoumi matures so quickly, owners may notice that hens as young as four months old are already laying eggs. Fayoumis were bred specifically for this purpose. They are recognized as excellent layers of white to off-white eggs.

Temperament: Egyptian Fayoumis are generally docile birds. The roosters are quite tolerant of other males. Though this breed can be skittish, it’s not usually aggressive toward people.

History: Centuries ago, Egyptian farmers began raising the Fayoumi for egg production. They are named for the Faiyum Governorate which is located southwest of Cairo. For owners, it may be a novelty to know that the same chickens they’re raising in their backyard are almost the same ones that were being raised while Pharos ruled Egypt.

After WWII, the bird made its way to the United States by way of Iowa State University’s poultry genetics program. Once there, it was used as a lab animal for many years until researchers acknowledged that it was an excellent layer.

Colors: The Egyptian Fayoumi displays a breathtaking color pattern of black, white, and silver hackle and bars. These bold colors are accented by an incredibly bright red wattle and comb while the legs are either slate blue or willow green. When chicks first hatch, expect them to be a bold brown with, white and black accents. 

Livestock Conservancy Status: Study

Body Type: They carry themselves in a very upright manner and are sleek and graceful looking. Their upright carriage has even led some to say that they resemble a roadrunner.

Classification: Egyptian Fayoumis have not yet been recognized for exhibition by the American Poultry Association nor have they been admitted to the American Standard of Perfection.

With many different chicken breeds for sale, the Egyptian Fayumi is an excellent choice for a backyard pet. Their inquisitive nature paired with their natural beauty is a sure crowd-pleaser.

Weights: Rooster 4 lbs, Hen 3 lbs, Cockerel 3.5 lbs, Pullet 2.5 lbs

Photo by Benny Mazur from Toledo, OH on Flickr.

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