Mixing breeds - what happens when you cross a polish rooster

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by yazzymon, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. yazzymon

    yazzymon In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2010
    Bellingham, WA
    I have many hens and a polish rooster is offered.....what would happen with that kind of mixing...? anyone have experience with that mixing?

    Thank you! [​IMG]

  2. Chickanmanfromarkansas

    Chickanmanfromarkansas Songster

    Jan 18, 2010
    You would get mostly chicks with some sort of topknot on it. Some will be bigger than others, and maybe a few wouldn't have the tophats. Coming from the larger breeds you'd probably get fairly descent sized chicks and pretty good layers.
    Is the Polish rooster a hatchery chicken? If so then you wil;l get mostly good layers.
    I like the mixed chicken myself they seem to survive better IMO.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    If your Polish is from hatchery stock, your offspring will get small or no crests. They'll also have a thin to decent body type, and lay eggs really well.

    If it is from more show quality type stock, your offspring will have small to moderate sized crests, and they'll have a pretty good body type. Egg laying can vary though.

    The colors depend on what your hens and rooster are. Most Polish offered are Buff Laced or White Crested Black, and in that case your offspring are likely to have white leaking through or a lot of black.
  4. cashdl

    cashdl Songster

    Nov 25, 2008
    I don't know if this is a typical experience but I crossed my flock of egg layers ( various breeds) with two polish roos. I got 90 % black with small crests and a few colored birds with small crests. They are really good egg layers but I dislike every one of them. They are all incredibly flighty. None of my hens were that way and neither were the roos. But every baby is ridiculously nervous. When the others chickens are pecking at my feet and pants looking for food the polish cross's are running into walls and windows to get out of my way.

    I hope your experience is different

  5. Buschie's dozen

    Buschie's dozen In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2010
    hatchery stock and breeder quality doesn't make one bit of difference you will get unusually patterns and sizes-------

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