I'll try to make this concise, so please bear with me..... From all the information posted here, I think I did a good thing! Kept looking at a chicken at the feed store. Was told it was a male...all the birds in that cage were males... First, I took the Shamo. A very sweet girl. She seemed to be best buddies with the Polish "roo". Sat under her "roo" friend a lot. I kept going back and looking. One day there were a couple LF something or other roosters (for sure!) in the with this Polish. I watched. No fussing at all. Came to BYC and read many, many posts for about a week. Went and looked again. This chicken was/is missing feathers (bare patches) where hackle and saddle feathers would be. No tail either. What I saw was a gold laced Polish with a crest that is black and white. Looked closer....the crest is quite round! All the feathers are definitely rounded! The comb is teeny tiny as are the wattles. I asked if he had ever heard a crow? Nope. I asked how he knew it was a rooster? Spurs. When I picked it up - oh, yes, it let me no problem! I saw 1/2" spur on one leg and 1/4" out of the side of the other leg. I've read on here a post from a Polish owner whose hens had spurs. I took her home! The final test? My bratty 6 mo old bantam cockeral Dio snuggles up to her. He faced off and chased my 9 week old PBR who was a cockeral (he got rehomed). Dio does not like other boys! Her name is Prudence. yes, Dear Prudence and yes, I do sing to her. Nobody picks on her at all!! She got along with everybody immediately! She is quickly finding a special place in my heart and I would have missed out if y'all hadn't been so great about sharing information about this breed!!! Thanks for reading my ramble!