Polish

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Pros: Fair Layers, Beautiful To Look At

Cons: Flighty, Often Become Spooked By Their Shadow or Crest

The Polish, otherwise known as a Poland, is a popular breed of chicken, best known for it's wild topknot of head feathers, called a crest. 

 

They originated in the Netherlands, not in Poland, as their name suggests. They can be quite tame, but most are flighty and skittish because their crest interferes with their vision, making them unable to see things, and causing them to get spooked. Polish hens rarely go broody, and are fair layers of small, white eggs.

 

They come in the following colors:

 

White crested black: APA recognized

White crested blue: APA recognized

White Crested Khaki: Not recognized by APA

White Crested Chocolate: Not recognized by APA

White Crested Cuckoo: Not recognized by APA

White Crested Buff: Not recognized by APA

Silver Laced: APA recognized

Golden Laced: APA recognized

Buff Laced: APA recognized

White Laced Red: APA recognized

Blue: Not recognized by APA

White: APA recognized

Self Black: Not recognized by APA

Self Cuckoo: Not recognized by APA 

Self Buff: Not recognized by APA

Tolbunt: Not recognized by APA

Partridge: Not recognized by APA

Crele: Not recognized by APA

Black Crested White: APA recognized 

Columbian: Not recognized by APA

Buff Columbian: Not recognized by APA

Black Tailed Red: Not Recognized by APA

 

Hope that helps someone out there! Thanks for looking! yippiechickie.gif

Hannah.

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Pros: That topknot!

Cons: don't see well

Docile nice birds that your friends will love. To keep that topknot clean, band it up or keep their water in narrow containers so it doesn't fall in and get soiled. Dust the crest regularly for mites because they can't reach it to preen.

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Pros: friendly, cute, curious, protective as roosters

Cons: a little too much flying

Although most people say how they can be bullied, my 2 polish roosters definitely fit in. The one silver laced polish rooster, Scrambles, is goofy with his tilted head feathers and just adorable. He's everyone's' favorite (except mine because I don't like to play favorites with my chickens) and will jump on my lap like a lap dog. He is super friendly and funny because his legs bend weird so he cant walk exactly normal. He isn't on the top of the pecking order (probably like second to last), but doesn't get picked on by anyone, except for the other rooster who gets mad at Scrambles if he pecks the hens. My other white crested blue bantam polish rooster, Eggy (they were both supposed to be girls),  is definitely the top chicken. He is a good looking bird who will fly on my shoulder. Eggy is very protective and has the total mentality of a rooster, unlike Scrambles who is just like another hen. Surprisingly, the two are not fighting at all even with only four hens! Only problem is they both have jumped on top of the coop, which is like 6 feet tall, and kind of encourage the others to do it too. Eggy is definitely Scrambles role model and Scrambles will follow him everywhere, even though Eggytries to get away because he thinks Scrambles is kind of a freak (which he is pretty much, but that isn't a bad thing for him). So, my overall thing for Polish chickens is they are great to have as pets.

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Pros: Productive Layer

Cons: Limited Eyesight

I get a medium white egg from my Silver Laced Polish hen on the daily bases. She is a petite chicken compared to other breeds of my flock. However I am pleased with how beautiful she is! I think most would agree that the Polish breed are great conversation starters. My guests are always shocked - even friends of mine that have experience with chickens. Everyone loves the crest. The only con I would point out is that the crest creates limited eyesight which can be dangerous for a free ranging chicken. 

 

My chicken is a bit muddy in this picture!

 

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Pros: Beauteous

Cons: Haven't any I think :-)!

I love the Polish Chicklets that have come to live here at my Sparkle Garden on Goose Hill hugs.giflove.gifMy Miss Divine Miss Clara loves her swing and is just so very awesome.

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Here are couple of Chicklets from Hot2Pots beauteous eggs I was fortunate enough to hatch love.gif

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Pros: Hardy, friendly, easy care, decent layers of big white eggs, plus they make me laugh!

Cons: They will roost in trees if given the opportunity, but keep them safe in a coop at night.

If you have to build a separate coop in order to keep Polish, get busy because they are better entertainment than TV. Love all the beautiful colors, and my roosters are so nice I never worry about them being aggressive with anyone. Great birds for kids, and everyone that sees them here on the farm wants one or more!:-)

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Pros: Sweet, Nice Great Pets

Cons: They Never go broody Which could be good or bad, Roosters are mean

I Have Polish right now Black White Crested and the rooster is mean and the hen never goes broody she's almost always in a mood. On the other hand they make great pets and show birds as well they are friendly curious things, Polish frizzles are very showy and flashy which they are like any other polish just in my opinion cooler. They are just the cutest things when they are baby's then they grow into intelligent, powerful, beautiful birds. :) 

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Pros: beautiful even tempered!

Cons: small

I ordered mine from Ideal Poultry thru a local feed store that i use quite often. Over all I just love them all. I have 6 of them and I think I have hens and roos, but still not quite sure. I also ordered ee's along with my glp. They arrived very healthy and vibrant, if i ever order more i will defentaly order from ideal.

 

My question is when (at what age) should I be able to determine what gender they are. they are around 2months. As from what ive read and ppl has told me i think i have 2 or 3 hens and rest roos. I am very curious to know what gender i have. if anyone can tell me what to look for i would be grateful.

 

i just love learning about all my chickens, this is a wonderful website, a weatlh of info!!!!

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Pros: decorative, conversation piece, fine in the cold, not broody

Cons: flighty, can't see, prone to head injuries, predator magnet, small eggs

I have three polish girls, a buff, white crested and a gold.  They really do make me laugh and have done fine here in Northern New England.  Honestly, my chickens are more pets than anything else and their primary purpose is to eat bugs and ticks (disgusting creatures).  

 

That having been said I love my Polish girls but they do take a little extra effort.  First, they are flighty and will fly, my girls all needed their wings clipped to keep them in the yard and out of trees.  I have found them perched on the top of the chicken yard fence and the biggest issue with this is that they will choose to not go in the coop.  I can't tell you how many times I have had to wake a sleeping Polish Chicken in the pitch black and put her in the coop.  The other issue is that they do not see well.  My youngish black and white girl has had to be rescued from the backyard on numerous occasions because she could not see well enough to find her way back to the coop, she does not see well enough to stay with the flock, I did trim the feathers around her eyes so to improve her vision.  This vision issue makes it extremely easy to catch them but it also makes them extremely easy for predators to get at as well.  It is important to know that polish chickens because of the vision will run into things, it is what makes them flighty is that they startle easily due to the vision problems.  In talking to a Polish chicken expert I also learned that the covering of skull over their brains is almost non existent and that they are prone to head injury if they bang the top of their heads.  I had to treat one of my girls for a head injury with prednisone to keep her alive.  They do lay small white eggs and get along well with a docile flock such as my flock of orpingtons but they can be picked on in a more aggressive flock.  They do fine here in Northern New England but you do have to be careful of the crest getting wet and frozen in the winter.  

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Pros: Great personality, Get used to new owners quickly, Great member of the flock!

Cons: A bit of a monkey, quite mischievous but some are quite timid. This is not an egg layer or a meat bird, just a gorgeous pet!

My two polish were some of the best members of my flock. We started out with two exbattery and one polish and even though she was a lot smaller and younger she was a strong character that the other two treated like family. She was a bit flighty but nothing a clipped wing couldn't solve and quite mad. Her hair never caused any trouble. She was called Sophie after my older brothers girlfriend at the time because of her fabulous hairdo. She died recently and will be sorely missed RIP


Later we got three chicks, one of which was polish. She was very small in stature but in our mixed flock she fit in well. Out of all the chicks she was the one who wanted attention the most and loved being handled and was a beautiful black with a white head and had blue on her feathers where the sunlight touched them. She died in the same fox attack as Sophie along with two others and will be missed greatly. We have now addressed the fox problem. She was named after the fire bird Torchic but she never had a very fiery persona xx
Polish
Description:

Little is known about the history of the Polish breed. At this time, there is no evidence that proves that they even came from Poland! The oldest record of the breed is a statue located in Vatican City that greatly resembles a Polish Chicken. The breed as a whole has a mysterious history, but because of their beauty, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular breeds in the world.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeOrnamental
CombV-Shaped
BroodinessSeldom
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFlighty,Noisy,Shy
Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite Crested : Black, Blue, Cuckoo, Choc. Solid : Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo Laced : Silver, Golden, Buff Other : Tolbunt, Crele
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: V-Shaped
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty,Noisy,Shy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

White Crested : Black, Blue, Cuckoo, Choc. Solid : Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo Laced : Silver, Golden, Buff Other : Tolbunt, Crele

Breed Details:

Along with the vibrant color array that the breed already has, Breeders are constantly making new colors, such as the Black Crested White Polish and Red Crested Red Polish. Frizzled polish are becoming more popular as well, and there are even a few breeders working on Naked Neck (NN) Polish, and NN Frizzled Polish. I have 7 colors of polish and greatly enjoy their unique personalities. They are flighty, but with a little effort on the ownerÂs part, they will tame, and make great pets. The chicks are a little harder to start off than some other breeds, but in the long run, it is more than worth it to choose this breed.

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