Chicken Breed Focus - Polish

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    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.


    Purpose: Ornamental; Exhibition
    Egg Production: 200 eggs annually
    Recognised Colours/Varieties: Bearded and Non-Bearded White, Bearded Buff Laced, Bearded and Non-Bearded Golden, Non-Bearded Black/White crested, Non-Bearded Buff Laced and Non-Bearded Silver

    Pic by @dreamwallaby

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    Pic by @Yorkshire coop

    Pic by @CarriBrown

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    Do you own Polish? Are you a Polish breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
  2. azigan

    azigan Hatching

    Mar 13, 2016
  3. kirstenlee2002

    kirstenlee2002 Hatching

    Apr 11, 2016
    how cute!!!
  4. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Songster

    May 14, 2015
    Felton DE
    I got my first polish about a month ago. It is about 4.5 weeks old and I'm not sure if i have a pullet or roo. What should i look for?
  5. Cindy07

    Cindy07 Chirping

    Feb 21, 2016
    Hershey, PA
    I'm just getting started with the polish breed. I have 4 polish hens at the moment andI look forward to getting more in the future.
  6. JacobandMeagan

    JacobandMeagan In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2015
    Villa Rica, GA
    My Polish rooster Fro
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016
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  7. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Songster

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    I have gold laced, silver, blue and white crested black. Still need to get my hands on frizzle and tolbunt though
  8. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Songster

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    I got my first Gold Laced Polish a couple of months ago and I love her! Margo[​IMG]
    follows me around, comes when she is called and is a reliable layer.
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  9. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    I have pesky Polands :clap

    I have 25 at the moment, 13 hens and 12 chicks.

    Blue frizzles, white crested black, gold lace and Tolbunt chicks. Here are a few pics of my past and present birds ~


    Thank you @sumi for using my pic :D
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  10. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    How cute! :love
    Could you post a pic? Just over 4 weeks is a little early but let's have a look :thumbsup
    What colour do you have?
    Very nice! :D
    Do you have pics? I found Tolbunt hard to find over here in the UK. Took a while but I finally got some eggs to put in the incubator.
    I've found just the same with many of mine, like calling up the troops when they all come running :gig Margo is very nice, I had one that looked very similar to her.

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