Can Polish Chickens integrate with other chickens???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by operator16, May 29, 2010.

  1. operator16

    operator16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two 7week old White Crested Black Polish chickens and 10 EE/Auracana chicks that a are all a few weeks younger than them. The Polish chicks have been in their own brooder since we got them two weeks ago to make sure they are healthy. I have been reading about them and have seen mixed reports as to their temperaments, intelligence, and their ability to be with other birds.

    Does anyone have any experience with Polish chickens and can tell me how this will work??

    Thank you so much!!!
     
  2. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I have always loved Polish.

    I did have a problem with a Dom hen who used to pick on mine, but nipped that in the bud. Some breeds are move dominant than others and I now keep all my breeds seperated for breeding, so although I have some EEs they have never been mixed together. Also my EE ro is a very dominate bird and I wouldn't trust him with them.

    If you want a bird to follow you around and talk to you, a Polish would be good for that. They are very mellow yet a bit timid. That's probably becausr of their eyesight.

    They are also a little on the dingy side. If they are too far away from the coop at night they will just lay down where they are. We used to have to take a flashlight out and look for them if we weren't out to close the coop right at sundown. At least they were easy to sneak up on and could just be picked up and put back inside.

    My last flock of WCBs laid almost daily. I have Buff Laced now and my new girls haven't laid yet! Hopefully soon though.

    They are fun to watch and get a lot of attention from people who see them.

    Good luck with your little ones and I'm sure you're going to really enjoy them.
     
  3. Princess Lay-a

    Princess Lay-a Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got my two Polish (5 & 7 week olds) today and put them in with my 75 others that are a week to 10 days old. They are doing GREAT! The Polish, though older, bigger are very careful around the wee ones and I found them cuddled together sleeping peacefully! [​IMG]
     
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got polish chickens in with the rest of my "normal" flock. For the most part, they get along just fine. They free range during the days. I did have a white one that came as my rare & exotic with an order of rainbow layers (that's her in my avatar while she was healing up in the house), and even though she started off with them, they picked her head bloody and raw at about 5 months old. I got her healed up, put her back in the coop, and the next day she was bloody and raw again. I got her healed up again, and slowly re-introduced her back to the rest, and she was never bothered again. We have to remember that chickens aren't very smart, and they're going to pick at anything that looks different. As soon as her head was picked enough that they saw a little blood, they all went after her.

    I have a polish rooster who is the bottom of the 3 roosters in the flock of 34 birds. His tail is usually fairly plucked, but his head is fine. As long as he goes to bed last and leaves the girls alone in the presence of the main rooster (a cochin bantam) he gets along fine. I had two other polish hens, a silver-laced and a buff-laced, and I lost the silver-laced to a predator. I don't know what got her, but something did. She had a very large crest and probably couldn't see the predator as well as the other girls. The buff-laced has a very small crest and no vision problems because of it.
     
  5. 3LittleChickadees

    3LittleChickadees New Egg

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    Our newbie polish pullets integrated flawlessly with the group!
    Not sure if it was good luck or just the right chemistry in the flock.
    The polish we got are super relaxed and fun.
     
  6. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 mixed in with my flock and they certainly hold their own.
     
  7. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am curious how it goes with you.

    I have 6 7-9 week old BOs and BRs. I got 5 Polish last week who were only 3 weeks old. Put them together and the BR, who must be the bottom of the pecking order, went after all the Polish. Not bad, just basic pecking order, but it was interesting to watch (I wanted to make sure no one was hurt and they were not). One little Polish is definitely the bottom now, I feel sorry for her. She is so cute. She is the only one not settled now. But in general the Polish tend to stay by themselves. Interestingly we were outside till past dark and the chicks were in their pen. They were all sleeping together next to one another when I went to bring them inside.

    Yesterday I came home with 2 two week old Columbian Wynadottes. Put the Polish with them at night and they were so good to them. Cant wait for the CWs to get bigger. The Polish are so good to them.
     

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