Polish

Average User Rating:
4.17829/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    V-Shaped
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    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 Size:
    Large Fowl
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    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.

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    Polish eggs

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    Polish chicks

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    Polish juvenile

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    Polish hen

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    Polish rooster

    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/
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  • 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 owner’s 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

  1. jennajolynne
    5/5,
    "So funny to watch in the backyard!"
    Pros - Hilarious to watch as their "hair" blows in the breeze.
    Friendly.
    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!
  2. Holew-L
    5/5,
    "Polish"
    Pros - Cool to look at, different colors, from my experience they lay VERY well, docile
    Cons - Roosters are aggressive, sight problems (feathers in the way)
    I’ve had many polish chickens. From my experience the roosters have all been aggressive and attacked me (except for my only bantam). They come in many colors so there is different kinds to grab your eye. They are docile and easy to pick up.
  3. Christinecam
    5/5,
    "Very fun and loving, can be a bit flightly."

User Comments

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  1. SagebrushMama
    Great post... I love my crested beauties.
  2. flower
    I agree that they are fun and do lay a very nice egg. The bantam WCB bantam Tricia lays a very nice egg for her size especially. Since I large dropping wattles, I need bearded Polish ! Bearded = no wattles
  3. mkeawsh
    My Great Pyrenees loves my polish, but she doesn't seem to understand that he actually wants to lay with her. He also likes my Speckled Sussex roo and Mille Fleur cochin roo.
  4. bantyshanty
    I'm commenting on the colors of my hens... these are not standard colors. They've come out of a project by Boggy Bottom Bantams two years ago. The color was Black-Crested White. My girls came out these two colors plus one all white (the attack hen) and one all black (Raven). Gracey & Attack hen both weigh 4 lbs, while Lacey & Raven weigh 2 lbs.
    They're also show-stoppers because no one locally has ever seen anything like their color. I wouldn't want a flock without these girls
  5. chickers
    We just got a Polish and I was also wondering abiout trimming her feathers around her eyes. Can you tell me any more about how you did that? I've also been thinking about giving her a "ponytail" (chickentail? ;)) so she can see a little better.
  6. dlgd
    My Miss Muppet is so docile that I just hold her between my knees so she's still and have some sharp trimming scissors and trim away. Just be careful not to nick her which is easy to do. She loves being able to see and she's still adorable. She looks a little like the old female comedian Phyllis Dillar from back in the 70's. She makes me smile even if she thinks I'm a horrible being:). Don't know if the band will stay in with a chicken tail. They don't like "extra" things on them whether is a bandaide or a pony...opps...chicken tail, band!
  7. blessedchick
    Absolutely STUNNING bird! I hope to introduce Polish to my flock (Silkies) someday and yours is certainly an inspiration! :)
  8. mjbhenson
    Haha! I lover your title! When we talk about our Crested, we often say "awww, bless her, she's soo slow, poor Ricki!"
  9. teddiliza
    It's odd because I had 4 polish once, and 2 were shy, the rooster was crazy and attacked my son, and the other two hens were just as tame and gentle as could be. They kept jumping the fence though.....
  10. lengel
    I raised three that had been ordered from a feed store and left. I thought they were nervous because they hadn't been handled when they were very young but what you describe is exactly what mine are like. When I got two dwarf goats, one of the Polish died when one of the goats jumped on top of the chicken tractor she was in. I'm pretty sure she had a heart attack. Also, after eight months, we've only had one egg from the other two.

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