Polish chicken

Polish chicken

Polish chicken

Polish chicken is a beautiful crested bird and among the most ornamental of all poultry breeds. It is a popular chicken breed and known for it’s wild top hat of feathers.Today Polish chicken breed is mainly raised as an ornamental breed and also used for exhibition. Currently the breed is listed in the watch category of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List. Review characteristics, behavior, temperament and full breed profile of Polish chicken below. Close up of the head of a white crested black Polish chicken against a blue background. Shallow depth of field. (Source: Photograph of a silver laced polish hen standing. Polish chickens are best known for the distinctive feathers on their head. (Source:

8 month old calf standing with Polish chicken and goats Calf, 8 months old, standing with a Polish chicken and a hen lying on its back and two goats standing in front of him in front of white background polish chicken stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images.Crested Black Polish. Rooster - Polish chickens are known for their plumage—especially their splendid bouffant crests. Despite the name, Polish chickens were apparently bred in the Netherlands (although there are some apocryphal stories about how they first arrived in Europe with Mongol raiders!).

Another discovery was in a Roman archaeological dig in the south of England where a skull from a bird was discovered and was exactly the same as the skull on today’s Poland breed. It therefore suggests that the Polish chicken did originate from this area and was imported into the U.K. by the Romans. This also suggests that the breed is possibly one of the oldest in existence today.

The Polish chicken is classed as a soft feather lighter breed and this description does mean exactly what it says, they are no use as a meat bird and although they do lay a decent white egg they are not a prolific layer. Another major point to remember is that Polish chickens are also non-sitters, meaning that you either use another broody as a surrogate mother or artificial incubation. There is the very rare occasion when the hen will sit for the full term but I have found that even if she hatches the chicks as soon as they appear they are killed without mercy, and to me is not worth the risk.

As a breed of chicken, the birds are quite hardy and resilient but there is a definite need for more care and attention with the keeping of these birds. Certain things are really best avoided, one of which is mixing Polish chickens with any other non-crested breed. This is definitely not a good idea. There is also the fact that they are not really suitable to be allowed to run outside in all weather. Again, this is asking for trouble and problems. The main reason for both these points is the fact that with the crest of the Polish chicken being quite large, it does create a disadvantage when dealing with other breeds. I have seen the results on many occasions of crest pecking and in some cases, this can prove to be fatal. As for being outside in bad weather, when the crest becomes wet and dirty it can lead to both eye infections and the lack of ability to see to eat and drink, and the results can be fatal. Do not let any of these problems put you off from keeping the breed but I feel that these potential problems need to be addressed. This not only saves the birds from unnecessary suffering but also saves the owner from being upset if a loss does occur.


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