Polish Maintenance Questions

oregonn8v

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 28, 2010
14
0
22
Portland, OR
We are getting our first chicks today and my daughter wants a Golden Polish. My wife and I have read that they are high maintenance birds due to their feathering. Must stay dry, more susceptible to mites, need to be bathed and dried carefully, have vision problems due to their head feathers, etc. Can anyone give me some insight as to how much more attention or maintenance they require? We are also getting a couple of Wyandottes, an Australorp, and EE, and possible something else.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

Eric
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
10 Years
Oct 19, 2009
16,240
243
336
Forks, WA
If you're getting a Gold Laced Polish from a hatchery, you won't need to worry too much about anything but it being at the bottom of the pecking order. Hatchery polish tend to have a lot less crest feathering, which allows them to see more. Our Silver Laced only requires her crest to be trimmed in the front so she can see the hens that peck her. (last time her head was bloody
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Also, it rains a LOT here, and even with that, our Silver Laced doesn't get as droppy of a mess with her crest as the WCBs. . . Thus she never had to have it tied up with a hairtie.
 

CrestedHorizonPoultry

Songster
9 Years
Feb 21, 2010
137
5
109
Missouri
Hatchery Polish are not going to have as much of an issue seeing but it they do you can trim the feathers. Mites effect all poultry not just polish. You will really enjoy them. When I first got our Polish someone said to me that the boy will look like a school boy late for class when he runs. Enjoy them!!
 

chickendude

Songster
Jun 4, 2009
1,522
26
241
Dutchess County NY
My silver laced polish roo is a very gentle soul. But he is with out a doubt on the bottom of the pecking order. As we speak I am having a terrible time trying to stop 6 RIR hens from tearing all of his tail feathers out. It is so bad now that has flesh wounds and totally stopped crowing. I also trimmed his crown feathers to help him see his attackers but it only helped for a short time. Great birds but in my opinion I would never again mix them with other breed birds. They are simply too fragile.
 

Doug the Chicken Man

Songster
10 Years
Aug 27, 2009
505
5
131
Near Ottawa, Ontario
Our hatchery Polish are mid flock for the pecking order. The Polish roo is third in line on the roo side of pecking order. But he continually has to fight for it. For a while he was top but then fell from that lofty position. He has to fight a silkie and two pheonix to get third and keep it. The Faverolle and a commercal roo are 1 and 2.
He is very gentle and good with the girls. He only has issues with the roos trying to take his position.

Here in Ontario it has been a warmer and wetter that normally but he was out most days even at -20 C.

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Celtic Hill

Songster
9 Years
Mar 7, 2010
2,151
5
181
Scotland CT
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It was a string so my daughter could get a good picture with out him running away.

Ohhh gotchya i felt bad after chasing the roo next door around, i just wanted to get a picture of him! lol, he's not so freindly!
 

Doug the Chicken Man

Songster
10 Years
Aug 27, 2009
505
5
131
Near Ottawa, Ontario
We had a roo that we sent to freezer camp last year. After he started fogging everybody. Go to feed him and he would hit you. Bend over to change the water and he would flog you. We were not putting up with it and were not going to have one of the kids get injured by him.
 

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