I am working on a new chicken cross hybrid. The photos below are an F1 Generation Hybrid. They are of a cross of a pure Rhode Island Red Rooster and a Pure Egyptian Fayoumi Hen. My hope is to breed more size into the eggs, less well “attitude” into the bird and retain the foraging characteristics and predator evasion of the Fayoumi.
These two birds have the same parents, they are a color sex link (you can tell the sex simply by the color and pattern) in the F1 (first cross), the male is the gray and white bird and the female the red-brown fading into black. My plan is to see how these birds lay. I have two hens and one rooster to work with of this cross and half a dozen more eggs of the cross in the incubator.
I plan to breed the hens back to another Rhode Island Red Cockerel (this will be a 66% Rhode Island – 33% Fayoumi cross) and judge the eggs of both the F1 and F2 (second generation cross) generations.
I will be looking for cockerels in both the F1 and F2, which ever cross works better I will directly breed the cross and see what we get with that. The hope is to create a fast moving, predator evading, highly productive egg layer that isn’t well, a complete a-hole like the pure Fayoumis are. Frankly I can deal with the attitude just fine, the real issue is how small the birds are and how small the eggs are.
If I can put some size on the eggs, I will call it a win. If the birds get enough size to make culling worth the effort on the meat end, I will call it a bonus.
Now here is the thing, the hens with the red brown to black fade are really pretty. Pure Fayoumis are well, ugly! So help me out if this cross proves productive what would you call the hen as a breed. How about Fade-Oumi, LOL, seriously what would you call this bird if it proves to be a winner.
Of course when we back cross the hens to a Rhode Island the look could change a great deal.