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Polish

Average User Rating:
4.15385/5,
  • 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
    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:
    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. AmySellersARt
    4/5,
    "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.
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    Overall:
    4.5
    Chicken Girl1 likes this.
  2. TheBantyCoop
    4/5,
    "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"

    PROS:
    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]

    CONS:

    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.
    Overall:
    4
  3. Banaynaychicken
    4/5,
    "Blind is Beautiful"
    Pros - Beautiful birds, Crests Are Large and Full, Great for Shows, Relativley Docile, Cute White Eggs, Come in Many Amazing Colors.
    Cons - Head Feathers Get Tattered Easily, MOUTHY, Fairly Blind Due to large Crests, Suceptible to Head Injury.
    I purchased my first Polish for $5 at a feed store. She was an accidental addition, as the brooder contained Leghorns and Cornish Cross chicks. The store owners thought she was a Leghorn who had a brain tumor and said, "You can have her, but no refunds if she dies."

    Little did THEY know I knew bettter. I could tell from the start, POLIIISHHHH

    And so my addiction began.

    Unfortunately at 4 months old, the chick, who I had named Dori, passed away due to a head injury. She had tried to fight my top hen and very apperently took a beating.

    However this did not deter me from loving the breed. They were so curious, and docile and all around beautiful.

    A few months later I was given 3 roosters, Buff Laced cockerels who I named after rock stars. Benetar, Bowie, and Mercury.

    About a month after that, I was contacted by another chickener who couldn't keep her birds due to an HOA, and I was given yet anoth Polish, this time a buff laced bearded female.

    I seem to be hoarding them, but no shame.

    These birds are beautiful, docile, curious, and a hoot to watch runn around the yard.
    Overall:
    4.5
    SMBarlow likes this.

User Comments

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  1. TheBantyCoop
    But even my girl is a screamer, haha
  2. TheBantyCoop
    But even my girl is a screamer, haha
  3. TheBantyCoop
    Yes indeed, they are the best!
  4. TheBantyCoop
    Yes indeed, they are the best!
  5. Goosebumps
    I love my Polish girl "Gita." I've never had any aggressive behavior come from her. She used to bow down when I said her name knowing I was about to pick her up. Then I got Rue, my Black Cochin bantam (did I say that right?) Now she will have nothing to do with me, she adores him and he worships her.
  6. Goosebumps
    I love my Polish girl "Gita." I've never had any aggressive behavior come from her. She used to bow down when I said her name knowing I was about to pick her up. Then I got Rue, my Black Cochin bantam (did I say that right?) Now she will have nothing to do with me, she adores him and he worships her.
  7. austrolover1
    Sort of... He would fly out of the fenced in area in the morning and would come out at night About eating him... he kind of small.
  8. austrolover1
    Sort of... He would fly out of the fenced in area in the morning and would come out at night About eating him... he kind of small.
  9. brightpennies
    I have a mixed flock, and I've had nasty behavior from breeds that other people praise for being easygoing and sweet -- my last roo standing sounds a lot of like yours, and here's a hint, I have no roosters at the moment... I'm pretty sure the bad ones taste better. Out of curiosity, do you free-range? I kept my bad roo around much longer than I would have if I kept my girls in a run, because when they were on range he was very protective, and I'm pretty sure he could have taken a fox if it came down to it. Unfortunately, he was aggressive with my ducks and turkeys and liked to attack me from behind, so he had to go. Thanks for the heads up, and I'm sorry you got a bad apple.
  10. brightpennies
    I have a mixed flock, and I've had nasty behavior from breeds that other people praise for being easygoing and sweet -- my last roo standing sounds a lot of like yours, and here's a hint, I have no roosters at the moment... I'm pretty sure the bad ones taste better. Out of curiosity, do you free-range? I kept my bad roo around much longer than I would have if I kept my girls in a run, because when they were on range he was very protective, and I'm pretty sure he could have taken a fox if it came down to it. Unfortunately, he was aggressive with my ducks and turkeys and liked to attack me from behind, so he had to go. Thanks for the heads up, and I'm sorry you got a bad apple.

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