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Other common names: Poland Chicken; Crested Dutch; Dutch Crested

The basics:
The Polish Chicken is a very old breed, and was developed in the Netherlands. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, "The breed is not from Poland, but rather derived its name from the resemblance to the square, spreading crests on the feathered caps historically worn by Polish soldiers. Poultry historians believe that Polish chickens were brought from Spain to Holland when the Spaniards occupied the lowlands. Credit is given to the Dutch fanciers of the eighteenth century for refining the color patterns and developing the crests of Polish chickens."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (V-Comb): Black, Black Crested White, Blue, Buff Laced, Chocolate, Crele, Cuckoo, Gold Laced, Silver Laced, Tobult, White Creasted Black, White Crested Blue, White and more
Uses: Ornamental
Weights:
Bantam: 26 - 30 oz
Largefowl: 4.5 - 6 lbs
Personality: Full of character and rather social. If their crest covers their eyes, the Polish can become easily started by any sudden movement or noise.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Warm or Cool but dry
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large

What else you should know:
Polish chickens need extra care to keep their crest parasite free, so check your birds often and treat with a chicken friendly parasite. Birds can also develop frozen crests, so they are best housed in dry living quarters. The crest can be banded and/or trimmed to help vision if free-ranged, or birds can be cooped with other crested breeds. If cooped with non-crested breeds, the Polish is likely to get picked on, and may suffer from the other birds feather picking it's head.

The Polish, comes in a feather variety known as the frizzle. Frizzled fowl have feathers that curl upwards. When breeding Frizzles, it is best to breed a frizzle feathered Frizzle to a non-frizzled feathered Frizzle. This helps prevent chicks from getting two of the frizzle feather gene, which results in brittle feathers.

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