Poland Chickens Also Known As Polish or PaduanerSeptember 13th, 2010 at 10:07
Poland Chickens With Their Big Hair Do
Poland Chickens Background & Appearance
The Poland is instantly recognised by their huge feathered crest which resembles an eighties ‘big hair do’. Some of the breed display a small horned comb in the front of their ball shaped headdress.
You’d think that the birds originated in Poland, but the name is actually derived from the word polled and the breed is thought to originate in Russia.
The Poland is usually divided into two groups, the first being the White Crested group, which has wattles and comes in the colours of black, blue or cuckoo.
The second group is cxalled the Paduaner which is bearded and usually comes in the colours of black, blue, white, chamois, gold and silver laced. They are a most stunning bird and if you’re looking to keep pet chickens that are a beautiful display in your garden then Polands are for you.
Polish Chickens & Egg Laying
These chooks are definitely not a prolific egg layer, some say their looks make up for that. However they do lay a decent white egg and you can expect 2 to 3 a week from April to September.
The breed are termed as non-sitters, so if you have a cockerel or intend bringing one in for breeding, then you’ll need to get a broody foster mum like a Cochin or an incubator to hatch the eggs. On the rare occasion you may get your polish hen to sit until full term, but then they’ll usually lose interest in the chicks and in some cases even kill them.
Breeding with Polands is quite interesting as the White Crested has a dominant gene, so if you were to mate one with the paduan then the chicks would appear mostly as White Crested.
Caring For Poland Chickens
The feathers that create the crest originate from a protuberance at the top of the skull. The crest can impede the chickens vision and so you should make sure that you don’t frighten them by sudden movements. But likewise due to the feathers it also means they are generally calmer than other breeds and are picked up easily from behind.
Keeping their crest dry and clean is definitely the most important maintenace you can take. Covering the run when it is raining obviously helps prevent them getting wet, but on the occasions when they do get a dirty or wet topknot then you need to give it a wash and thorough dry.
It is also worth giving them the occasional spray (about once every 4 months) of chicken insecticide into their crests. Obviously protect their eyes, nose and mouth whilst doing this, but the spray will help prevent mites from setting up home in the crest. Mite infestation will eventually lead to serious eye and ear problems. So prevention is better that cure.
Drinkers & Feeders
When selecting drinkers or feeders for your girls bear in mind their crests, you don’t want the drinkers to wet their headress, aviary type drinkers are ideal, due to the nipple type access. But you could use a dog bowl with chicken wire over the top. Basically any type of drinker that will keep them dry.
Similarly the feeder should not allow them to get their crest into the food, I recommend using pellets instead of mash so the dust from the mash doesn’t get into their feathers and then their eyes.
Whilst Poland Chickens Do Need Some Special Care, Don’t Be Put Off Looking After These Beautiful Hens As They Will Become The Centrepiece Of Your Garden…
I bet you can pick out the Poland Chickens from the others in the coop in this video…