- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- White Crested : Black, Blue, Cuckoo, Choc. Solid : Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo. Laced : Silver, Golden, Buff Other : Tolbunt, Crele
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Polish or Poland breed is best known for its elaborate crest of feathers that nearly cover the entirety of the head. This crest limits their vision and as a result can affect their temperament. Thus, though normally tame, they may be timid and easily frightened.
The oldest accounts of this breed come from The Netherlands, but their exact origins are unknown. One theory suggests that their ancestors were brought by Asian Mongols to Eastern Europe during medieval times, and thus, could have originated in Poland. It is also believed that immigrants brought the breed's predecessors from Spain or Italy in the late 16th century. The Polish was standardised in the Netherlands and declared a thoroughbred in the 16th century already. The American Poultry Association states that the breed was introduced to the USA between 1830 and 1840. The breed was, during a certain period of time, much favoured by American farmers and chicken fanciers.
Polish chickens are bred primarily for ornamental purposes and exhibition, but were originally productive egg layers. Polish hens rarely go broody and are noted for their white eggs.
The American Poultry Association accepted three Polish varieties into the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1874; additional varieties were accepted in 1883, 1938 and 1963. There are bearded, non-bearded and frizzle varieties of this breed.
For more about the Polish breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-polish.1098899/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White
Breed Colors / Varieties:
White Crested : Black, Blue, Cuckoo, Choc. Solid : Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo Laced : Silver, Golden, Buff Other : Tolbunt, Crele
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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Recent User Reviews
"Sweet, hilarious birds!"
Pros - Friendly, Beautiful, Curious, Funny to watch.
Cons - Timid around other breeds, Noisy Roosters.
I absolutely love my Polish pullet and two polish cockerels! Now this is different for every flock, but mine don't have problems with the others pecking their crests. My cockerels will actually lay down and when the hens come to them, the hens just pick gently as if to groom them. But they are gorgeous, completely lovable, and the sweetest of my flock. My pullet, Elvira, comes to me whenever the others pick on her (She's oddly small). Now I didn't put it in the cons, but Elvira enjoys
One con is just that when integrating my three polish, they didn't try to make friends or integrate as others have. But eventually, they got along and now have been living together for months. My other con is not actually a big problem for me but I thought I should mention that my cockerels are quite noisy. I'm not sure if it's because I have more than one, but like I said this isn't a problem for me but others should be aware.
I hope you get some polish soon!
"Lovely and sweet"
Pros - Sweet, docile, and beautiful
My first experience with a White crested black polish has been nothing but joy.
This little chicken/roo will bring a lot of smiles to your face.
They are friendly and enjoy being talked to, One of my grandson's picked her up and and she fell right to sleep in his arms, enjoys being spoiled with love.
If you are like me you do feel a little bad that they cannot see as well with all that fabulous hair, she always checks out my feet when I come in the run to either feed them or hang out, she knows my toes and realized I am not a threat and that it is me as I always start talking to them when I am on my way to the coop/pen.
She will perch on my shoulder and head as high up she can see thing better below her.
When treats are given she usually is the last to figure out they are there but figures it out when everyone else is running (usually the ducks) to the treat plate.
I have put her hair up so she can see and she very much enjoys this she looks at everything like it is brand new. she will spend the longest time just viewing everything. She also get a little more brave.
There is no aggression I have seen in this breed. They would be a wonderful addition to any flock for eye candy and a sweet chicken companion.
you do have to make sure they are not under your feet when you walk as they like to be close and cannot see you stepping they are quick so if you are not paying attention you might step on them.
other thing one would need to watch out for is other chickens or other birds you have might think their hair is something they can peck at
"So funny to watch in the backyard!"
Pros - Hilarious to watch as their "hair" blows in the breeze.
Decent Egg Layers.
Good foragers despite their visual impairment.
Cons - Easily Bullied.
A bit flighty.
I added more polish to my flock this year simply for my entertainment. They are pets and it is just a bonus that they "pay rent". I love to watch their tophats blow in the breeze and when they are wet it's even funnier looking. Mine are awesome foragers and they are always first to come running when I have treats. Due to their smaller size they are quick!