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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

    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. WickedChicksNH
    "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 breed2.jpg izzy3.jpg izzy69.jpg supermodel.jpg
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    Purchase Date:
    April 2018
  2. jennajolynne
    "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!
  3. Holew-L
    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.

User Comments

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  1. R1V3R20NG
    I absolutely love polish. Mine (Whitney Henston) loves me. when she is angry with another hen in the nest she will jump on the food bin, but as soon as i come outside whitney will hop down and run to my feet talking. she used to jump on my head at 7-12 weeks old. Nowadays she will play with my feet! Its so cute.
  2. Tarboxhollowpoultry.com
    We have had standards and bantam polish. The can be the friendliest chickens, we had one once that would follow us everywhere in the yard, even in the house, she did not care, she liked being with people. She would hang out with me in the garden or wherever I was in the yard, they wonderful birds to have in your flock. We also had fun crossing them with other breeds and showing them in 4H as exotic birds, a silkie and polish cross produce adorable chickens.
      Dharmachick, Nashonii and DaviJones like this.
    1. Nashonii
      My gorgeous sizzle /silkie roo got killed doing a great job of protecting his girls from a hawk, just 2 days ago. I'm in search of Eather a silkie or a polish for them. Is a polish to big for the silkie girls?
      Nashonii, Nov 29, 2017
    2. kirkyanne
      My polish are the same.. follow me everywhere I go.. it's so adorable! Wish my other chickens liked me that much :)
      kirkyanne, Jan 13, 2018
      Dharmachick likes this.
    See what a diet of borscht does to you !!! Visually with a quiff like that anything that is vertical becomes lethal at high speed ...
  4. 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?
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  5. 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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  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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. :)
  9. 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.
  10. 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 !!

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