This bird, the Polish Chicken, originally comes from the Netherlands. Today, there are several stories about how the birds came to be in Europe. However, many people love the story that claims that around 1736, the Polish king at that time was unseated from his royal throne.
He had to flee to France. He loved his Polish chickens so much that he took them with him and very soon the French society loved them, especially those from French aristocracy circles. That assured their future. For many, this story is far from the truth. For others, the real truth is that the birds were probably imported into the Netherlands from Spain.
Some also claim the chickens got their name ‘Polish’ because of the word ‘Pol’ which means large-headed. Already dating as far back as the 15th century are paintings depicting the Polish Chicken. In the 16th century, the Polish Chicken was announced to be a thoroughbred breed by the Dutch people. By the 1700s the Polish Chicken was found in England.
Polish Chicken | Breed Profile
Country of origin: Netherlands
Primary use: Ornamental
Weight: Male: Standard: 2.75 kg, Bantam: 850 g; Female: Standard: 2 kg, Bantam: 740 g
Recognized Varieties: Buff Laced, White, White Crested, Silver, Black, Black Crested, Golden
Egg production (annual): 200
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium
Comb type: Duplex
Characteristics Of The Polish Chicken
You are not likely to mistake the Polish chicken, with its unique and often comical looking pom-pom hairdo. These head feathers of both hen and cock grow, cascading over and around their heads and faces, sometimes causing them difficulty with their vision. The Polish Chicken is a beautiful bird, and that is why it is bred, mainly, because of its showy looks.
This bird does not go broody often. Polish Chicken eggs are white and small in size. These birds can be a target for predators because their vision is not all that great. Chicken keepers of this chicken breeds need to give the bird extra care and attention to keep them safe. There are a few varieties of the Polish Chicken. The bearded variety is the White Crested Black and the Black Crested White. The non-bearded variety is known as the Golden, Silver, Buff Laced and White.
There is also the Polish Frizzle chicken variety. The Polish Chicken has a prominent crest. Its comb is V-shaped with large nostrils that you see in crested chicken breeds. Legs are grey and are not feathered. Cocks weigh in at 6 pounds with the hen weighing in at around 4-½ pounds. Their skin is white.
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Behavior / Temperament
They are lovely, friendly, and quiet chickens. With more aggressive breeds around them, they can be bullied on because of their docile temperament. It is thought that the Polish Chicken bird can become flighty and nervous but this is more because of the hair over its eyes, preventing it from seeing correctly.
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