Iwan's Enterprises -- Pigs and Poultry

Polish

Home
Red Wattle
first litter
Red Wattle Adventure
Our Adventure Page 2
Boar Page
goldenlacedpolishfrizzlebantampullet.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Frizzle Pullet

bantamgoldenfrizzlepolishrooster.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Frizzle Rooster

bantamgoldenpolishpullet.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Pullet

Animal Description:  

The Polish Chicken, or the Crested Dutch Chicken, is an ornamental fowl that has a surprising appearance. These beautiful birds are distinguished by an explosive topknot of feathers, usually in a contrasting color to their body color, which accents their plumage. Though these are not the only crested Chickens, they are perhaps the best known of all other crested breeds.

Polish Chickens do not sit on their eggs. They are rather prized for their beauty and for the pure white color of their eggshells than for their laying qualities. It is important not to startle Polish Chickens because their crests restrict their vision, so it may be easy to sneak up upon them without intending to. Under normal circumstances, however, Polish Chickens may be calmer than other chickens because their crest restricts vision much in the way a hood might. It is important to allow them plenty of space to prevent them from picking out each other's topknots. Polish Chickens are active, however, and because of their beautiful appearance they can be fun to watch!

All Polish Chickens have large nostrils and a topknot of feathers. The topknot emerges from a protuberance atop the chicken's skull. By maturity, a standard cock weighs about six pounds and a standard hen weighs about four and a half pounds. All Polish Chickens have tight feathering, white skin, and lay white eggs; however, the resemblance ends here. These chickens are available in a variety of types. A few recognized colors include White Crested Black or Blue, Golden or Silver Laced, Bearded White, Bearded Golden, Bearded Silver, Bearded Buff Laced. All of the bearded varieties are also available in non-bearded varieties.

Mentioned in literature as early as the sixteenth century, Polish Chickens are a very old breed. They were probably imported from Eastern Europe to England, where they became known as Poland Fowls. Continental Europeans often refer to these and to all crested breeds as Paduans or Padoues. Polish Chickens have been praised for years as beautiful birds for exhibition.

Polish Chickens should be allowed plenty of room to spread out, since overcrowding can cause crest plucking between chickens. It is important, in cooler weather, to keep Polish Chickens relatively warm. Often ice can form in their crests when they drink water, and this can cause problems for the birds. Some Polish Chickens can experience hernias due to the deformity in their skulls that causes their topknots to grow.

It is advised to keep Polish Chickens in small groups to avoid having their crest feathers pulled out. For this same reasons it is also suggested that these chickens not be kept with other breeds.

Polish chickens are non setters (most hens will not go broody) and for this reason they are hard to propagate without an incubator. Polish Chickens lay eggs with white shells. Juveniles usually do not develop adult coloration until they are sexually mature. The skull formation (knob) is visable from the time they hatch. The characteristic crest is usually completely developed by the time Polish Chickens are about four weeks old.

bantamgoldenpolishrooster.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Rooster

bantamgoldenpolishhen.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Hen

bantamgoldenfrizzlepolishhen.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Frizzle Hen

We have only just started working with the polish.  The golden laced are my favorites and we are ending up with some really nice frizzle and smooth babies this year.   Hatching eggs are 9.00 for 1/2 dozen and 18.00 for a dozen.  Most of what I have hatched so far I plan on keeping, but if you are interested in some young birds let me know and I will see what I can do.

goldenfrizzlepolishchicks.jpg
Bantam Golden Polish Frizzle Chicks

For Further information about our Polish please contact us at the address below: