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These small, active, lovely chickens have been raised along the Nile River in Egypt for centuries, and even though quite common there, are practically unknown in this country. We got our start of this very rare breed from one of the state universities whose poultry department was using them for special studies in genetics. No other breed matures quite so quickly as these do and the young pullets are apt to start laying their small tinted white eggs at 4 to 4-1/2 months while the cockerels will start to crow at an unbelievable 5 to 6 weeks. They are attractively marked with silvery white hackle and white bars on black background throughout the body plumage. Leg color can be either willow green or slate blue. Baby chicks are highly colored in brown, black, and white markings on the back and a brownish purple head color.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
Customer Product Reviews
Every free-range backyard flock should have a Fayoumis. Wild, self reliant, beautiful, and looks like a roadrunner whenever she is zooming around the yard. She's the most vocal of my small flock, so if you have neighbors close by, be aware that my little girl yells aggressively at the rooster if she isn't interested, at the other hens if they get in her way, and at me when I try to pet her at night. She also is usually the first to spot a hawk or cat and her loud voice really helps in warning the rest of the flock of danger. Her eggs are not the largest, but I am happy that I gave her a chance. Between her and the rooster, I feel pretty safe letting them free range all day while I am at work. Such a gorgeous girl.
Variety is the spice of life and my barnyard definitely has that! What a delight to watch my Egypian Fayoumis each morning when I am out in the barnyard. I was fun to have the roosters crowing in 5 weeks, and I look forward to the hens beginning to lay eggs in just a couple more months. Thanks for the great chicks I've enjoyed from you over the years.
These are lovely, if high-strung, chickens. We have had six of them over the years. Our first two were hens and became very tame. The more outgoing of the two, Calico, used to sit on my lap and talk to me while I read books, and would lay an egg into my hand every now and then. Both she and her sister Aurora were patient enough to submit to being dressed in doll clothes. Our second batch had three hens and a rooster, and they did not tame so well. They were very beautiful, but flocked on their own away from the rest of the birds. The rooster was ill-tempered and the hens were feral. They clearly need plenty of gentle handling (and treats) from day one! They are well-equipped to forage for themselves, but reluctant to return to the enclosure unless well-trained and bribed. The breed has a very distinctive voice, alternating between high, refined, and brittle tones or a drawling commentary on life that edges into sarcasm and humor. From a distance, a group of Egyptian Fayoumis talking to each other can sound like a human conversation. These clever birds take a lot of attention, but they're worth it.
We ordered 2 Egyptian Fayoumis in our mixed batch, since my daughter was studying Eygpt. I can easily see these birds escaping from crocodiles along the Nile. Even when they were chicks, they were the hardest to catch; very alert. Even now, you can only pet them at dusk on the roosts. They are half the size of my other hens- Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, etc. but they boss them around and hold their own. They are amazing foragers and very quick and alert to danger. We love their small pinkish eggs.
Hi, This is the second year we have purchased from you and once again we are very satified with the quality of chicks you sent us. This year we got an Egyptian Fayoumi as our free exotic chick. He is a master escape artist and some how finds a way to get out of any pen we put him in. It is very fun watching him run around the pen looking for a way out.
I have been purchasing my baby chicks from McMurray Hatchery for 3 years now, and each time I still experience the same thrill and pride in my babies! I ordered a couple Egyptian Fayoumis from you last March and was completely stunned by the little cockerels "in your face" attitude, he really knew how to make me laugh! I currently only have the one rooster and the one hen in that breed, both from McMurray Hatchery, and I am proud to say my hen is sitting on her first clutch of eggs as we speak!! I was disappointed when she just up and disappeared from the farm one day but was overjoyed when I found her sitting on ELEVEN little pinkish eggs in our workshop. I would like to THANK YOU for my great little broody hen. The rooster is stunning and I take alot of pride in him as well. He is large, very stunning in his coloration, and has a powerful crow that puts my Sumatra to shame! His tail is so huge and open, it looks just like a peacock when he bends down to pick in the grass. I will definately be ordering more Fayoumis from you this year, and have to recommend this breed to others!