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Fayoumi Chickens are used as a research subject andrnornamental. They lay two small cream colored eggs a week starting as early asrnfour months of age. Fayoumi chickens mature quickly but only reach four poundsrnat full maturity. They show remarkable resistance to viral and bacterialrndisease and infection. Owners refer to the Fayoumi chicken as the "escapernartist." They can really fly and love to forage when on the lam. Nearly wild,rnthe Fayoumi goes feral if left too long on the range. They prefer to gatherrnmost of their own food. As pullets they have little broodiness, but arntwo-year-old hen will act quite broody. Tough, independent, and rangy thernFayoumi has little to recommend it as a domestic foul.

rnrnFayoumi chickens fail to fit into a backyard or suburbanrnsetting. They eschew confinement and will either escape or self-destruct. Once theyrnescape they are very difficult to capture. In confinement they pick feathersrnfrom themselves and others. Noisy in general, they will scream when they are pickedrnup.

rnrnSome have compared the Fayoumi to a roadrunner inrnappearance. They hold their tails vertical and crane their long necks forward.rnCouple this stance with their lightweight frames, and one can understand therncomparison to a roadrunner. However, the Silver Fayoumi fully fits itsrnclassification as an ornamental. Roosters have a silver-white plumage on thernhead, neck, back, and saddle against their black and white barred bodies. Hensrnlook much the same except they lack white plumage on the saddle. Fayoumis haverna single red comb, red wattles, and red earlobes with one white spot.

rnrnFirst-time chicken owners would do well to avoid the Fayoumirnbreed altogether, and experienced chicken farmers would do well to study thernbreed prior to making any commitments. Purchase Fayoumi chickens only if yournlive in a rural setting in the southern latitudes. If you plan on keeping themrnin a run, build high fences or clip their wings. Fayoumi prefer free-range foodrnover commercial feed. Make their run spacious. They need territory adequate torntheir nutritional needs. Keep confinement to a minimum. Cull hens just prior torntheir second birthday to avoid the broodiness that sets in at that age. Fayoumirnhens grow territorial over their nests. Provide plenty of nesting sites tornavoid conflicts.

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