Polish hen specific dietary needs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MichelleKing, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. MichelleKing

    MichelleKing Songster

    Aug 25, 2018
    any Polish experts here?

    I’ve heard that polish require 28% feed as well as BOSS supplementation.

    I would like to have some advice on what to feed and supplement my polish hens with. I now have 4 hens and want to keep them healthy AND happy. They’re all darlings!

    Right now they are on organic layer crumbles and BOSS as treats along with dried mealworms.
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  2. ldrchickens

    ldrchickens Songster

    Jul 1, 2018
    My Coop
    I have a polish hen with my flock and I feed a mix of 24% chick starter and 20% flock raiser and a seperate dish of oyster shell since i have several roosters with them. I have never heard the polish breed needs any specific diet compared to other breeds. Just based on gender and age as with any breed i know of. Not much help i know but thats just what ive gathered from countless hours of research and talking to other keepers to ensure i give the best feed possible.
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  3. Well... I've had Polish for two years now and havent seen any issues. I fed medicated chick feed, then non medicated when they were around nine months(it was cheaper), then I got omega 3 layer feed, and currently I feed flock raiser and supplement oyster shell for hens. I use scratch grains and leftovers as treats. Happiness is a huge concern for me, and I believe they are quite happy.
  4. JedJackson

    JedJackson Crossing the Road

    Jul 6, 2016
    NW Washington state
    I used to breed Polish years ago, and never gave them any kind of special diet. Certainly a higher protein feed would be helpful, but not 28%. At most, 22%, but I personally think 18 to 20% is ideal. Grower feed and even layer feed will have all the nutrients your birds will need, but some greens thrown in with them now and then could be helpful, as well as oyster shell as a supplement if you use grower feed.

    What Polish do need is careful monitoring of their crests. You must be very careful when you de-louse them not to get Sevin dust or anything else in their eyes. In the case of Polish, I think Invermectin is probably best for parasite control. You also do not want those crests getting wet or muddy, especially when it is cold out. A covered run is very helpful, but if they do get wet crests during freezing temperatures, the owner needs to intervene and dry them off.

    Polish can also be subjected to bullying and even cannibalism by other breeds. If you see evidence that a Polish crest has been pecked at, especially if it has bled, the bird needs to be isolated until it heals. Also, crests make Polish very vulnerable to predators of all kinds, but especially aerial predators.

    In most cases, I think it's best to keep Polish away from other breeds, with the exception of bantams. But I have two white crested blacks in with my Dorkings and they do fine together. The main things is prevention of problems and keeping a close eye on them in case problems do arise, because such problem can escalate very quickly.
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