Fayoumi chickens fail to fit into a backyard or suburban
setting. They eschew confinement and will either escape or self-destruct. Once
they escape they are very difficult to capture. In confinement they pick
feathers from themselves and others. Noisy in general, they will scream when
they are picked up.
Some have compared the Fayoumi to a roadrunner in
appearance. They hold their tails vertical and crane their long necks forward.
Couple this stance with their lightweight frames, and one can understand the
comparison to a roadrunner. However, the Silver Fayoumi fully fits its
classification as an ornamental. Roosters have a silver-white plumage on the
head, neck, back, and saddle against their black and white barred bodies. Hens
look much the same except they lack white plumage on the saddle. Fayoumis have
a single red comb, red wattles, and red earlobes with one white spot.
First-time chicken owners would do well to avoid the Fayoumi
breed altogether, and experienced chicken farmers would do well to study the
breed prior to making any commitments. Purchase Fayoumi chickens only if you
live in a rural setting in the southern latitudes. If you plan on keeping them
in a run, build high fences or clip their wings. Fayoumi prefer free-range food
over commercial feed. Make their run spacious. They need territory adequate to
their nutritional needs. Keep confinement to a minimum. Cull hens just prior to
their second birthday to avoid the broodiness that sets in at that age. Fayoumi
hens grow territorial over their nests. Provide plenty of nesting sites to