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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
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    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.

    Polish eggs

    Polish chicks

    Polish juvenile

    Polish hen

    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:
    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. Sparrowsong98
    "NOT for aggressive breeds"
    Pros - Cute, friendly
    Cons - They get picked on a lot, crests can hinder their eyesight
    In September I got 4 "wyandottes" but by the second day in the brooder, I decided they were polish instead. They were very nice chicks, they were friendly and loved cuddles.
    But when it was time to kick them out into the coop, trouble started. My aggressive leghorns liked to pluck the crests and try to kill them. They even did kill one. Now they live in my basement again for the winter, and I will try to introduce them in the spring after the leghorns (who are all 6) are culled in the spring, leaving my docile friendly red stars and EE's to introduce them to.
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    Headofpapa77 likes this.
  2. besorto
    "The best chicken ever!"
    Pros - Friendly, adorable, kids love them, not broody, talkative, great layers of small white eggs, huggable.
    Cons - they're just a little bit dumb
    I love my little golden laced polish to DEATH! Not only does she love to follow me around the yard, but she loves to talk! She's always rocking a new hairdo to impress the roos, and lays a tiny white egg everyday without fail. "Passiflora" responds to her name and loves to bring my kids things she finds cool throughout the yard. She'd be the perfect bird if she weren't such an airhead :lau I've never seen a chicken run TOWARDS a hawk :idunno
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    Better Than Rubies likes this.
  3. R1V3R20NG
    "I LOVE THEM!!!"
    Pros - Completely lovable. Will play with your feet, follow you everywhere and when younger will jump onto your leg.. or arm.... or shoulder......... or head! Falls asleep in arms when you stroke the afro.
    Cons - Cant see as well, mine has run into a pole before. Aggressive to other chickens, which can be a good or bad thing.
    These are amazing birds who love love love love people. What i mean by aggressive being a good or bad thing is because they might beat up the other hens, but that will protect them from getting their afro getting ripped out. They are fun to watch run around the yard. You don't need to worry so much about them being cold in the winter when they are younger since they become fully feathered at a very young age.
    Better Than Rubies and Pajaro like this.

User Comments

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  1. Anthonyfalante
    I have a black with white crest and a golden buff,love them so much. Lots of personality and so different ,chicky(the black one) is a love bug kenny( the golden buff) is flighty and nervous and faster than a roadrunner when she here's me open the food locker.ps,chicky and kenny,chicken,get it?
      Dharmachick likes this.
  2. beckym1619
    We love our three sliver laced polish. Grey , Dori and Black
    They each have their own personality. Love watching them run the yard. We live in town so free range is only when we are home. They hear our car and run to the door. They follow me around the yard and all I have to do is call chick chick and they come running !
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  3. smithnan
    I got my first polish chickens a month or 2 ago, and they are so friendly! Does that poof really impair their vision? I feel like a bad mom for not considering that before :( Seems like it would, but... The one with the biggest poof will run clear across the yard (~300 feet) when he (she?) sees me and wait for me to pick him up and carry him around. I never thought of clipping their hair, but i want them to be safe- and not blind...
  4. TheBantyCoop
    Haircuts seem like a good idea. I should give that a try!

    Do not worry! Care for them is essentially the same as it is for any chicken. As long as you have your girl ranging in a flock, she should not leave the others unless threatened by a predator.
  5. Woytgirl
    I had a White Polish Crested Roo, loved him so much. Had to give him away. :( I love this breed and I hope to get more very soon. :)
  6. AmySellersARt
    My big girls would if they could.... I built them their own separate coop on the other side of the barn. Two flocks that couldn't be any different if they tried! Fun Stuff.
  7. Mezleona
    No to the skin on the head, as I mention before I do give her a trim and it helps a lot.
    Yes, to reaching that 4 or 5 fence. You need to have ckns in a minimum of 2. They are animals of flock
    and very social. If threaten yeah they jump! My polish jumps about 4.5, when she is bored in the small cage I keep them in my garage, or when she wants to Inspect the garage. The other 2 do not do that.
    She is very curious, an independent, she will be by herself outside. On the other side of the story my Cochin is a chicken! The moment she is alone, she wipes up a storm !!
  8. PoultryAddict 1
    aww lucky you.
    I've always wanted these birds, however I fear within the hour their beautiful creasts would be ripped off by my mean old bantam girls.
    1. R1V3R20NG
      Guess what! They are also pretty mean to other chickens, not to people, at least from my experience. My little polish is in charge of two chickens, one of them is double to triple her size and the other is about 1 1/2 times bigger than her. She also likes to rub it in their faces that she is in charge.
      R1V3R20NG, Nov 10, 2017
  9. Hybridchucks
    Poor things are blind as bats!
    The "hairdo" feathers are actually attached to another layer of skin on the head, right?
  10. rdcowman
    Question, i got a exotic chick and it was a white crested black polish! I know nothing about these birds! Our fence is around 4 to 5 feet tall! Can they fly over that?? There's only one! Can you help me?

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