Polish

a.k.a. Polands or Paduans

"Balthazar," Shahbazin's Non-bearded Buff Laced Polish cock
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin

Known in England as the Poland, this is the most popular of the crested breeds. It is also one of the oldest, being known as a pure breed as early as the sixteenth century. The Polish breed probably originated on the Continent, but nothing is truly known about its origins.

This ornamental, non-sitting breed lays a white-shelled egg. Its most prominent feature is the crest of feathers on the head. Note the more "umbrella-like" crest on the males and the powder-puff shape on the hens. It also has the large nostrils typical of crested breeds and a small V-comb. Many varieties occur, including White Crested Black, White, Golden, Silver, and Buff-laced. These can be either bearded or non-bearded.

Polish cocks weigh in at 6 pounds, while the hens only reach 4 1/2 pounds.

I also have a page for Polish bantams and one for Polish chicks.


Breed clubs:

Polish Breeders' Club
Jim Parker
RR #6, 3232 Schooler Road
Cridersville, OH 45806
e-mail: polishman@woh.rr.com

The Poland Club
Clare Beebe
The Crest, 8 Paddock Close, Terrington St.
St. Clements, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE34 4FD
phone: 07554 523392

The Crested Breeds Club of Australia
Jenny Stewart
phone: (03) 5438 7317
e-mail: secretary@crestedbreeds.com

Polish Fowl Club of Mexico (El Club Mexicano de Gallinas Polacas)
Ricardo Macedo Avina, Presidente
Morelos 219 Oriente
Tepic, Nayarit
Mexico CP 63000

Dutch Poland Club (Nederlandse Kuif en Baardkuifhoender club)
L. Hans (secretary)
Edeseweg 40 6721 JX Bennekom
Netherlands
e-mail: info@kuifhoenderclub.nl

Swiss Silky and Poland Breeders Club (Schweizerischer Siedenhuhn- und Haubenhźhner-Zźchterclub)
Secretary Heinz Mathys
Egelmoosstrasse 10
CH-5742 Kšlliken, Switzerland
e-mail: k.h.mathys@bluewin.ch

 


Polish Links:

Beebe's Polands -- birds for sale here

An SPPA article on the Black-crested White Polish in North America

Wait while it loads and watch Hope's rooster "Shinnecock" fly way up into a tree

There's a web cam aimed at the nest for Hope's flock of Polish

Multimedia Polish

FowlAfoot Poultry Conservation Farm has Buff Laced Bearded.

There are Tolbunt polish at Omelet Ranch

WC Black Polish at Horstman's Poultry


"Leroy Brown," the Golden Polish cock
1 June 1991--29 September 2000

Having a Bad Hair Day
Photo ©Frank Quinn

This is Leroy's son "STWALI" trying to sleep in his tree (while my yearly party is going on around him)
Photo courtesy of Bob Hirschberg

The Leroy Brown Quarantine Center and Retirement Complex

"Leroy's" mate "Carol"
Photo courtesy of Robert Sussman

"Amanda" has a much better crest than "Carol" (above), but her lacing is not so good.
Photo courtesy of Marta Sundal

Two shots of my White-crested Black Polish rooster, "NightWatch"
Larger photo of "NightWatch" courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

Edgar Allan Poe (1/19/1809-10/7/1849) and "Edgar Allan Polish" (3/1/97-6/21/00)
successor to NightWatch (who ran away with a fox)
Edgar Allen, himself, was taken by an owl

"Warren" in the wind - definitely a bad hair day!
Photo courtesy of Jana Martin

My adorable Frizzled Golden Laced Polish bantam rooster "BHD"

Head shot of a White-crested Black Polish rooster
Photo courtesy of Ethan Logue

A White-crested Crele Polish cockerel
Photo courtesy of J. Ringnalda

A nice White-crested Black Poland female from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

The head of a Tolbunt Polish rooster
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

An aerial view of a pair of White-crested Blue Polish
Photo © Eric Sander

A male White-crested Blue Polish

Fashions follow the Polish!
Photo stolen from some newspaper

Two shots of a White-crested Blue Polish female

A very nice Blue Poland from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Tolbunt Polish hen
Photos courtesy of Greenfire Farms

White Bearded and White-crested Cuckoo Polish roosters
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A White-crested Mottled Chocolate Polish pullet with some plumage details
Photos courtesy of J. Ringnalda

A flock of WCB Polish
Photo courtesy of Thomas A. Dean

White-crested Blue and White-crested Barred pullets from Germany
Photos courtesy of Sascha Michel

The head of a Black-crested White Polish rooster
Photo courtesy of Luuk Hans

A White-crested Buff Polish pullet
Photo courtesy of J. Ringnalda

Black-crested Blue Polish pullet (on left) and hen
Photos courtesy of Mckinney & Govero Poultry

"Kramer," a Bearded Buff-laced Polish cockerel, and a pullet of the same variety
Photos courtesy of Caleb Stroh

A White-crested Red Polish rooster
Photo courtesy of J. Ringnalda

A Self Black Poland rooster from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Bearded White Polish hen

A White Polish male
Photo courtesy of Anthony Kimbrough/G&K Exotics

A White-crested Mottled Khaki pullet
Photo courtesy of J. Ringnalda

A Black-crested White pullet
Photo courtesy of Dr. Albert McGraw

Here's another Black-crested White Polish female
Photo courtesy of Anthony Kimbrough/G&K Exotics

Two shots of "BungaBaby," my Silver Polish hen
Photos ©Frank Quinn

Here's a whole flock of Silver Polish hens
Photo courtesy of Mckinney & Govero Poultry

Three views of a Bearded Buff Laced Polish pullet
Photos courtesy of Laura Phillips & Pat Schieb

A Bearded Buff Laced Polish rooster
Photo courtesy of Laura Phillips & Pat Schieb

This is a Bearded Chocolate-crested Chocolate Polish pullet
Photo courtesy of J. Ringnalda

"Alice Gary Cohen," my favorite WCB hen
Photo courtesy of Diana Reed-Slattery

Tolbunt Polish roosters
Photos courtesy of Heather Langdon (left) and Channing Grisham (right)

A Frizzled Blue Polish hen
Photo courtesy of A. Boland

Here's "Serge," a Bearded Buff Laced Polish cockerel

A White-crested Black Polish cockerel
Photo courtesy of Beth Adams

A Bearded Buff-crested Buff Polish pullet (say that fast 3 times!)
Photo courtesy of J. Ringnalda

Another flock of WCB Polish -- note that there is at least one White Crested Blue Polish in there
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Black-crested White Polish with Cuckoo Polish chicks
Photo courtesy of Luuk Hans

"Dandelion," Shahbazin's Non-bearded Buff Laced Polish hen
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin

Two shots of a Non-bearded Buff Laced pullet that was Best Poland at a UK event in 2002
Photos courtesy of Robert Stephenson

Some young Frizzled Polish
Photo courtesy of Mandy

Head shots of a Bearded Buff Laced Frizzled Polish hen
Photos courtesy of Laura Phillips

Two more Frizzled Polish -- a Golden rooster and a Buff Laced hen
Photos courtesy of Channing Grisham

"Jiffy," a month old Frizzled Polish
Photo courtesy of Mandy

A really Bad Hair Day
Photo courtesy of Karen Pardini


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