Chicken breeds kept in Poland in the 80's?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HappyHealthy, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. HappyHealthy

    HappyHealthy Out Of The Brooder

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    Spent my early childhood vacations in Poland near Krakow w my grand mother. She introduced me to her chickens. On one occasion I broke my arm as a 5 year old, sliding in CHICKEN POOP in her yard. Trying to figure out what breeds were kept commonly. All her neighbors had chickens too and ALL the chickens I saw in the late 80's looked NOTHING like " Polish hen". They looked the shape and size as common brown or reddish colored chickens ( like buffs in size and coloring). Brown was a very common color of these chickens and they often ran loose ( crossbreeds are likely). None had weird looking feathering on their heads or feet.

    I am looking to see if there are anybody who lived in Poland or have knowledge of poultry keeping in Poland in the 80's. I would just love to find out my late grandmothers chickens breed ( looked like your classic brown feathered standard chicken).

    Thank you if you can clear this matter up :)
     
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  3. Chris09

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    Bielsko Biala,

    I have family Poland and in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro.
    There are a lot of different breeds there including American Breeds, Gamefowl, and Leghorns.

    Did they look like the Zielononóżki?

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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I'd look at breeds from all over Eastern Europe and you may find what you're looking for.
     
  5. HappyHealthy

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    How wonderful to hear from you :) thank you for the insight & correct spelling of the city :) yes, that breed you have pictured on your reply, looks more like the kind of chickens I remember ( same nice full feathering & size & stature & color). They were dual chickens too ( meat & eggs, so they had a adequate amount of meat on them ). Although I don't remember the specks but my mother mentioned very pretty black roosters as well . As you can imagine a real mix I am sure.. I know my grand mother would breed her own chickens and neighbors would have similar looking crossbreeds ( in the 80's in the Bielsko biala village many would not even have a properly fenced yard, so chickens would roam and occasionally fly over to the neighbors . Somehow they knew where they belonged and would go back when it started to get dark). I'll see if I can track down my mother ( she is soo busy..) and see if she can find some old pics from the 80's w some of these wonderful looking chickens running around.. I am so curious to find out if they were maybe even a mix of American or other breeds far out like that :) will definitely look up " leghorns"..
     

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