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  • 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
    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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: V-Shaped
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:

    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. MeridianChick
  2. AmySellersARt
    "As an artist.... these dreamy birds are..."
    Pros - So far mine have been fun and sweet. No problems yet.
    Cons - As new peeps they were very fragile. I needed to keep them "pampered" much longer than my sturdier breeds.

    Chicken Girl1 likes this.
  3. TheBantyCoop
    "A Very Funny Bird Indeed"
    Pros - Simultaneously Hilarious and Gorgeous in Appearance, Not Terrible Layers, Friendly, Quirky Personalities
    Cons - Cannot See Very Well, Poor with Free Ranging, Have Trouble Flying up to Perches, Light and Flighty
    My Polish is enormously funny, but she does seem to suffer from some problems, may of which originate from her signature "hairdo"

    She is the funniest-looking chicken. The laughs she provokes make the troubles that her feathers cause her not quite as bad.

    I expected her laying to be much worse, as she is an ornamental breed, but it is actually quite good. She lays almost as much as my BR and is one of my most consistent layers. She took the shortest off-season of all of my girls during the molt.

    She is one of my friendlier birds and one of the easiest to catch. She will ride around on my arm while I am gardening by choice.

    She is full of personality. Sometimes, she will have small crazy moments wherein she will run around and attack my other girls. I have no idea why she does this, but it cracks me up and the other girls just put up with it. [​IMG]


    She is practically blind to anything that happens above her! This causes many of her problems.

    She is vulnerable when she is free-ranging. She has a tendency to get separated from the others, and cannot see predators that well.

    She cannot see her roosting perch, so I installed another perch to help her get to it.

    She is pretty light and can fly really well. She could scale most backyard fences pretty easily.

    Consensus: She is a great bird, but she has an unfortunate list of cons. I would recommend Polish to people who want to keep chickens as pets more than layers and who are willing to supervise free-ranging.

User Comments

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  1. kajira
    Mine are psychotic. and skittish. I don't think I'd intentionally get them again on purpose.
  2. featherhead007
    my 2 polish black white crested are so beautiful, as birds go! lovable and psychotic! kinda like my X..... nevermind!
  3. featherhead007
    I guess any breed of chick will warm up to us if they get enough attention. Mine get a lot of attention :)
  4. featherhead007
    I don't know very much about these polish white crested feathered friends, but I think they know a lot about me! they will hop right up to my face,
    turn their heads and stare right at me "eye to eye" yes I'm already hen pecked and they aren't even hens yet!
  5. CascadiaRiver
    Don't Polish also come in splash? I dont think its APA but I think anything that comes in blue and black must come in splash too?
  6. featherhead007
    oh no here I go again...i just bought 2 black polish chicks. so cute i couldn't resist. so tiny with white crests/ quite curious as well,
    I just turned over a brood into my custom made chicken castle. 7 pullets in all. All 4 weeks old call me Noah because I have 2 of each breed.
    Ameraucanas/ one didn't make it so i replaced it with a new chick..... man i miss that little friendly chick!!!
    Rhode Island Reds
    bantam barred rocks
    brown/tan leghorns

    The new brood has 2 black polish and the 1 Ameraucana "pssst! I will probably get even more"
    Did I happen to mention, I love raising chickens?
  7. kajira
    I have 3 polish in a mixed flock, and they are flighty and not big on people, but we haven't had any issues with them being picked on by the other birds. I think it helps that there's 3 of them, and they out number the other birds in a trio, as the other birds are all single breeds, for the most part. I also have them mostly with cochins, which aren't known for being mean to other birds.
  8. AmandaKyle
    I've actually had (and lost) 1 Tolbunt Polish, 1 White Crested Black,1 Bearded Buff Laced, and the 2 frizzle. All lost due to cold, as far as I can tell. This was over the course of 2 different batches of birds. Everyone else is/was healthy and doing great. I think they are very sweet, but I don't find them to be very hardy birds at all.
  9. BBCHICKS123
    Huh are polish did not even stay on the coop this winter and we had over 4 feet of snow and below freezing degrees and they lived have you only had the frizzled
  10. The Konnerator
    they are not good layers though srry.

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