Our 6 Egyptian Fayoumi roosters had gone absolutely mental on us. They were terrorizing the flock and making all the pullets a nervous wreck. We simply had too many roosters on the roost, which is what we get for buying birds “strait run”.
Additionally one of the supposed “sex link red pullets” is neither sex linked nor a pullet but a now maturing Road Island Red Rooster. The gang of six attacked him to the point where he actually had gone into the floor of the chicken coop and disappeared for a few days, we thought he had been taken by a hawk.
But Dorothy was sure she heard something in the coop. In the end we did hear him and pulled up the floor to get him out. He is now my buddy and literally clings to my leg when we take a walk. Well, that means I have a nice big old gentle rooster and didn’t need any of these psychopaths.
I really wanted to grow them out a bit more but I have to go to out of town for a bit and leaving Dorothy with yet another chore (moving their heavy chicken tractor twice a day) didn’t seem like the right thing to do. So I got up at 0600 and slaughtered and dressed these guys.
They are about the size of a nice dressed out pheasant. They all weighed only between 2 to 2.4 pounds and averaged right at 2.2. So when we cook them we will do them in pairs which should feed Dorothy and I well and leave enough for a small pot of soup from the left overs.
If you are considering Fayoumis all I can say is don’t unless you have a shit ton of land and basically want feral birds that come back to roost at night and DON’T buy them strait run. The cockerals were crowing by 3 weeks and fighting at 5 weeks, trying to harem up the hens at only 6-7 weeks and had turned into complete psychopaths by 90 days of age.
At that point they are really way to small for slaughter. They just seem like a breed that isn’t really very useful on the small homestead. I do think a large block of land with them going 100% free range and only Fayoumis would work with a rooster to hen ratio of say 8 to 1.
They don’t care about heat, they eat bugs and forage like mad, they don’t eat much commercial feed at all, etc. That is one reason they mature fast but don’t grow fast is you can’t keep them on commercial feed as soon as they have the option for grasshoppers and field weeds they just have no further interest.
I know some wanted to have me film this, well, Dorothy wants no part in the slaughter of our animals so doing so would have made this a lot more of a chore. We are going to bring in 25-50 meat birds for the fall, we will run a butchering workshop on those and that will be filmed.