5 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 4 reviews)
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We have two hens, the gold pencilled one is our dominant bird and crows just like a cockrel every morning and whenever she thinks a treat should be due (such as when she has laid an egg). She also clucks very loudly whenever she wants to warn "her" flock of a Lavender Pekin, silver pencilled Fayoumi and Welsumer bantam.
They have a very large, wild garden with lots of insects (and unfortunately have learned to stand in the shallow end of our pond and hunt tadpoles and later chase froglets and slowworms if I don't catch them first!) They lay a small white egg every day and rarely miss a day, have incredibly good survival skills and squawk alarmingly if you pick them up when they don't want to be handled. Unlike the other two they don't mind sharing a nestbox while laying.
They are very curious and brave birds: they will come and investigate in the house if the door is open, even though they get shooed out noisily each time. Difficult to catch unless you grab them while they are roosting but will allow themselves to be caught if the treat is worth it (live or dried mealworms, sweetcorn or grapes will always do the trick. They are stand-offish but never agressive, but the dominant hen demands respect from her flock and will chase wild birds, squirrels and even rats away from the feeder!
I fell in love with the look of my Silver Fayoumi, the minute I set eyes on her. Fantastic shape, lovely tail, gorgeous colourway. And, yes, she is flighty & nervous, not at all happy about being handled. But........ she has a lovely nature, gets on really well with my other birds (bonds very closely with the dominant bird & then more or less stalks him / her!!), rarely goes broody & is not in any way aggressive, when she is, plus she is my best layer, even outstripping my Barnvelder. Her eggs are white, medium sized & have the best taste, too - really rich yolks, big for the amount of white. She's bright, inquisitive & always the first to be out & about. Great little character.
These are very beautiful birds and very hardy, but not for someone who enjoys handling their birds, they are not for beginners, and are quite flighty, if you had to administer any medication it would be a hard task..
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