Chicken Breed of the Week - Polish Chicken

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 17 July 2020

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Hello chicken keepers,

I’m a big advocate for never having enough chickens and my favourite way to build up a flock is to add in diverse and unique looking chooks that are a joy to watch and interact with. I wrote about keeping a mixed flock of chicken breeds here, come and have a peck!

Are you ready to add more plumage to your property? Then it’s time to dip your beak into the wonderful world of chicken breeds! This week let’s take a closer look at the fancy and fabulous Polish chicken breed. A lovely addition to any backyard flock, let’s have a cluck about the quietly stunning Polish chicken breed!

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The Polish Chicken Breed

Polish chickens are a unique chicken breed with mysterious origins. Their name may have come from chickens that were introduced to England from the Netherlands which formed the foundation of the modern breed. Despite their puzzling past, there’s no mistaking a Polish chicken when you see one! These chooks have a distinct crest, which resembles a large bonnet of feathers and gives them a cute, almost cartoonish appearance. The Polish chicken breed is quiet and calm, but can become timid if not handled regularly. These birds are best suited to those who have a bit of experience with chicken keeping, as their crests may need maintenance if too prominent. While they don’t tend to go broody, they are not prolific layers, gifting you about 200 eggs per year. But what they lack in egg laying power they make up for in good looks and charm.   

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Learn more about the Polish chicken breed with our handy dandy guides and articles:

The Polish Chicken Breed Profile

5 Reasons to Love Polish Chickens

Before you decide on purchasing some Polish chooks, there are so many other breeds for you to consider. Choosing to become a chicken parent is the easy part. The hardest part is finding the perfect breeds for you and your family. It can be a very daunting task! From looks, to personality, to egg-laying talents - where should you begin?

Cluckily, our friends over at Chickenpedia have created an amazing Chicken Breeds Course. This extensive online course shares useful advice on choosing the right chickens for you as well as size & frequency of eggs laid. You’ll even learn about their individual personalities, and be able to use their family-friendly compatibility scale through this well-structured program. It really is a great way to find your perfect backyard buddies which is why I highly recommend them to all of my readers! The courses are beginner-friendly and filled with vital information to help you raise a happy, healthy flock.

As chicken keepers, we want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends, but many of us struggle to handle chicken health or behavior issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock. Chickenpedia have a full range of comprehensive online courses that cover everything you didn’t know you need to know and then some more! From healthcare to raising baby chicks to feeding and behavior, get the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens.

As a member, you will get access to ALL their fantastic courses. So, no need to wing it, become a confident chicken keeper. Click here to check out Chickenpedia today!

Keep on cluckin’ about chicken breeds with our Top 20 Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard Coop here. Or if you know what you want, have a peck at our suggested breeder list. After some more cheeky chook action? Of course you are! Join the flock on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Feathers Forever,

Kassandra X