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Positive Reviews


Fun birds


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.
Melissa Rose

Awesome beauteous chicklets :-)!!!!


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 My Miss Divine Miss Clara loves her swing and is just so very awesome. Here are couple of Chicklets from Hot2Pots beauteous eggs I was fortunate enough to hatch

Very Friendly and adorable


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...
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Negative Reviews


Tough and Annoying


Pros: Tough

Cons: Flighty, Annoying, Almost Blind, Slightly Aggressive

A lot of you are not going to believe this review, but I am being quite serious. We recieved a polish chicken as our mystery chicken from Mcmurray hatchery with a bunch of Austrolorps. They are 11 months old now. He is the top chicken in the pecking order, has shown aggressive behaviour, and pecked a hole in my hen's head. But he was very tough being bitten by three dogs and survived. Overall I am not impressed with this breed and most likely will not get it again.

Cool looking, but not an enjoyable bird, possibly bipolar


Pros: cool feathers, cute

Cons: mean, stupid, scaredy cat, flighty, bipolar?

I raised two silver laced Polish chicks from Big R, I held and talked to them everyday, but they are chickens(literally and figuratively)! They bawk and run/fly away if they see me or another chicken, this leads to a hard time getting them back in the coop from free-ranging. Then they are very rude to each other (and my two silkies). They attack, peck, and kick at everything, but then they run away if the thing they're attacking moves. And suddenly they become really nice to the other birds (not me though) and walk back over to them, only to attack again. They are super cute and I love the way their "afros" fling from side to side when they run, but I just can't stand them. They're so...
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Not Cold Hardy


Pros: Very sweet, animated, pretty.

Cons: Not cold hardy, flighty, low in pecking order in mixed flock

I have had a number of Polish over the past three years and I can definitively say I will never get another one. I have a medium sized (25) mixed flock and the Polish were constantly being picked on. I had two Polish frizzles whose heads were picked clean by the other birds. When the winter came, they were just not hardy enough to withstand the New England cold, although all of my heavier breeds (Marans, Orpingtons, EE's) have had no problem with the cold. 

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Flighty But Pretty


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...
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Kristin Brown

Silver Laced Polish


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!    

I Adore Polish!!!


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!:-)
The Konnerator

The Polish


Pros: The top notches look pretty. Good layers. descent sized eggs. Freindly.

Cons: When they drink in the winter it gets in there top notches and they freeze. they get the top notches to protect their head. there head is very open.

A very nice breed to have, they are friendly nice and smart. they are very pretty. even though they will die because they froze from the water. you can cut their top notches.there top notches are open, so a couple of pecks and they will die. they have descent sized eggs.

I love this breed!


Pros: Sweet, cuddly, cute, love being held.

Cons: I can't think of any!

My brother and I have three one-month old Polish chicks whose names are Tulip (Gold Laced), Beth (Buff Laced) and Peaceful (White Crested Black), and they are all super sweet, and when ever I go into their pen and sit down, Beth and Tulip and their Brahma friend jump up onto my back or shoulder to rest or snuggle. They all will run into my hand if I call them! I love my Polish, and now they are one of my favorite breeds.    Here are pictures of them:    Tulip Beth Peaceful

Good looking birds


Pros: Beautiful, eye catching, not terrible layers, fun to watch

Cons: Limited eye sight, more susceptible to predators due to large crests, can be pretty flighty and nervous, can fly fairly well

We had a trio of Golden Polish that were about four years old. Unfortunately we lost them to a fox. Now, we have a trio of Buff Laced, Golden and Silver Polish. We got them for eye candy, and they fulfill their role very well! We love watching them peck around while their crests flop around. They're very attractive and fair layers of smallish white eggs. Their large crests do limit their eyesight considerably which can make them seem a little uncoordinated and well, stupid. They are also more vulnerable to predators and can be quite jumpy. As with most light breeds, their light weight and smaller frame make them able to fly pretty well. I believe their positive qualities outweigh their...
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Fair Layers and Beautiful, sweet, Intellingent Birds, Did I Say Beautiful??


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. :) 

New to Polish~chickens


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...
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Blind is Beautiful


Pros: Beautiful birds, Crests Are Large and Full, Great for Shows, Relativley Docile, Cute White Eggs, Come in Many Amazing Colors.

Cons: Head Feathers Get Tattered Easily, MOUTHY, Fairly Blind Due to large Crests, Suceptible to Head Injury.

I purchased my first Polish for $5 at a feed store. She was an accidental addition, as the brooder contained Leghorns and Cornish Cross chicks. The store owners thought she was a Leghorn who had a brain tumor and said, "You can have her, but no refunds if she dies."   Little did THEY know I knew bettter. I could tell from the start, POLIIISHHHH   And so my addiction began.   Unfortunately at 4 months old, the chick, who I had named Dori, passed away due to a head injury. She had tried to fight my top hen and very apperently took a beating.    However this did not deter me from loving the breed. They were so curious, and docile and all around beautiful. ...
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Faverolle Lover

Best Bird I Have Ever Owned


Pros: Beautiful, calm, gentle, nice, tame, loves to perch on my shoulder, tough, and intelligent.

Cons: They can't see, and in winter they get icicles hanging from their crests.

          I have one specific polish that I have owned for over five years now and she is still my favorite bird. She (and all of the other polish) will perch on my shoulder and will literally act like a pet cat. They even will make a purring sound sometimes! My first one did get leg mites but they were taken care of pretty easily. She is so tough, she now has to deal with not only her crest to barely see with, but she also has cataracts in her left eye as well! She also survived being chased by a dog. All of mine have never been picked on by the other birds or by each other. Only my first one got bumble foot and it was tiny! In winter she got...
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