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Crested Larger Breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by protodon, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. protodon

    protodon Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    I was interested in getting some Polish Chickens. I'm actually not sure if they are usually bantam, larger or both but I was wondering if there are any crested large breeds that aren't silkies?

    And follow up question is if I crossed a Polish with a different breed, how inheritable is the crest?

  2. Freeholder

    Freeholder Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Klamath County, OR
    I guess there are Polish bantams, but there are standards, too -- they aren't huge, the hens run around four to four and a half pounds. There are also Houdans, which are heavier -- hens are supposed to weigh six to seven pounds (a dual-purpose breed) -- and the Crevecour, with hens around six and a half pounds.

    Crests are somewhat inherited -- if you are crossbreeding crested birds to non-crested, the crests will get smaller, but not disappear entirely unless you cull them out. Or you can breed them back in if you want them. There are several breeds that have tiny crests or tufts on their heads that obviously have some crested breed in their background.

  3. Yeah, that's basically it. Most common crested birds are found in large fowl minus Silkies. LF Polish are really pretty small, and make the banties look even smaller. Sultans are smaller than Polish, in both bantam and LF. Haven't owned any other cresteds.

    I'm not skilled in genetics, but much of the time if a crested bird is crossed with a non-crested bird, the offspring will yeild a crest in some form or another. It would be smaller than the parent's, but it is usually there. From what I've heard, after a few generations the crest can be bred out of the bird.
  4. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    There are many large fowl with crests. [​IMG]
  5. GraceAK

    GraceAK Songster

    Nov 28, 2009
    Eagle River, AK
    Houdans! I can't recommend them enough. They are great dual purpose birds (meat and large white eggs) and they have crests, and are docile like polish. [​IMG]
  6. William Grace

    William Grace In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
  7. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Quote:I really have to agree. I love my Polish but my Houdan are my favorite.

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