Other common names: Poland Chicken; Crested Dutch; Dutch Crested
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
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.
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.
conversation starter, unique look, big personalities, friendly chickens, Polish Frizzle, lovely head crest
extreme temperatures, winter, predators
genetic mutation, big spiky feathers, neon blue legs, Rastafarian chicken, decent egg producers
Bob and Ziggy Polish Chickens
I hatched both of these chickens myself, the eggs were given to me as a gift. Yes I know strange gift but I'm a strange person. These two little chicks were cute and fuzzy and they each had an inormous amount of fluff on their heads which soon turned to feathers. These guys were both rooster but I never had a problem with them fighting with each other or my other roosters and I free ranged all my chickens together. Zig attached himself to one of the turkeys though and would fallow it around like it was one of the clan. I had not had a problem with face mites like some people have with polish chickens or the pecking that they do to each other. Mine were very calm docile chickens. The lady that I got the eggs from and a horrible time with the chickens pecking at their feathers on their head and most of her chickens did not have the big poofs on their head like mine do. I think she had to many chickens together and I free ranged mine so that could make a difference. You can treat them like any other chicken you have but I did clip the feathers out of the eyes of the chickens from the get go or they act like they are very dumb. I would imagine if you have a lot of these guys then that would entail a lot of work. 2 was a good amount for me..
From berrimp88 Apr 15 2014 1:49PM
Annoying to set up but worth it!
As everyone probably knows, having water always accessible to your chickens is important for their health, but also their egg production. In the south at least, a common issue is your waterer freezing up and having to bust it and re-fill it multiple times a day in the winter. It can be expensive and annoying to install, but a heated waterer is so worth it. It keeps the water from freezing and your flock will always have access to water on it. I only had mine give out on me a couple times over the course of 5-6 years and it saved me enough hassle that I'd consider it worth it..
From Jordan Paul 243 days ago
One of the meanest birds I have ever had
Polish chickens can be very aggressive. They are beautiful birds, with whimsical puffs of feathers on their heads, which is why we named our little hen "Daphne." We thought she would be this sweet little hen but she turned out to be very aggressive.
Polish chickens are not a large breed. They lay medium sized eggs, not too large but larger than banty eggs. The eggs are light colored or white.
I would not recommend raising Polish chickens along with a more tender breed, such as Silkies..
From WendeC Aug 15 2015 3:28PM