Other name(s): Dandarawi Fowl
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Egypt
History: The Egyptian Dandarawi is an auto-sexing breed which was developed in upper Egypt. They have beed exported and bred in Great Britain, and are also available in several other countries in Europe.
Current Uses: Eggs and breed preservation. 140 - 160 eggs per year.
Appearance: The Egyptian Dandarawi is a lightweight breed with a double-bladed single comb. Behind, their comb is a small crest that faces backwards. Hens are wheaten in color, and makes are silver duckwing. The Dandarawi breed is auto-sex, meaning the males and females hatch different colors. Females hatch with dark spots on their heads.
Average weight: 2.75 - 3.5 lbs.
Lifespan: 6 - 8 years
Diet: The Egyptian Dandarawi will be happy to forage for a portion of her diet. If caged, the breed will require extra feed. The breed does well on regular commercialized feed. If you do not allow your Egyptian Dandarawi to free-range, then you should supplement their diet. They will need fresh fruits, vegetables, bugs, and grit. Fresh and clean water should always be available.
Housing: Their coop can be of an average build, and must be capable of keeping the birds safe from the weather and predators.
Health issues: Egyptian Dandarawi cockerels can develop chapped combs, or frostbite during cold winters. You can rub oil into their combs to help prevent damage. The breed is is considered to be healthy and disease resistant. This being said, it is important your birds are properly fed, housed in a well-drained area, and treated for parasites.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: The Egyptian Dandarawi is considered to be a hyper and shy breed. They do not tame well, but are not known to be aggressive to their handlers.