Polish are one of the most unusual looking breeds of poultry. Their crested heads resemble feather dusters or something from an 80’s metal band. In addition to their crests, some Polish varieties are bearded as well. This breed is frequently used for show birds. While suitable as pets and moderate egg layers, their main attraction is their exotic appearance and resulting entertainment value.

Polish chicken

Polish chickens are calm, cooperative, and do not mind sticking to small areas if confined. Most hens lay fewer eggs than average, but some owners report a higher rate of egg laying. With the feathers on their heads, they cannot see all that well, so they frequently appear to behave strangely. In the backyard, they are fun to watch and make great conversation starters for all your backyard cocktail parties.

Despite the name, these chickens are not Polish. They probably entered Europe from the east, so someone thought they had come from Poland. The breed probably originated in Asia and was spread by the Mongols. Its first mention in historical texts was in the 16 century. However, an archaeological dig at a Roman site in Britain turned up the skull of a bird that perfectly fit today’s Polish chicken. So this may be one of the oldest breeds in existence today.

Polish Chicken Facts

Size

Small, hens 4-5 pounds.

Coloring

Golden, silver, white, buff, white crested black, and black crested white.

Polish chicken eggs

Usually 2-34 eggs per week from laying hens, which are bantam sized white eggs.

Nature

Calm, cooperative, accepting of a small area.

Notes

Here is another picture of a Polish chicken.

Polish chicken breeds