Golden-laced Bearded Polishes

Also called the Poland, these fowl are known for their wacky "hairdos." Though attractive, however, often these feathers on their head will inhibit their eyesight, so a little bit of trimming may be necessary around their eyes (Be careful if you do!). Otherwise they may occasionally run into things. They can show aggressive behavior towards others of their kind, but this can be remedied with space and entertainment. They are wonderfully ornamental, for obvious reasons, and sport a knob on their head from which their crest protrudes. As chicks they will appear to have a large bump on their head, which distinguishes them at this age from other breeds.

  • Appearance:
    • Male: As the name implies, these birds have black lacing around their golden-bay feathers. The lacing is thicker the closer to the head, and on the head can be very thick as shown in the picture. Males of the polish breed typically have a more umbrella shaped crest on their head, and may be prone to attempting to pluck feathers from other males' crests, but this can be remedied with space and a little bit of entertainment. Make sure that you have very consistent black-laced golden-bay feathers, without the occasional completely white feather. The hackles, however, are tipped with black instead of laced. Just a heads up.
    • Female: In contrast to the males, females have a more puff-ball shaped crest, and also sport the black-laced, golden bay feathers in both their crest and body. Also, in general with the crested breeds, polish included, the fowl will have large nostrils, so do not be surprised.
    • Face: Red
    • Comb: Red V-comb
    • Earlobes: White
    • Skin color: White
    • Beak color: Light horn
    • Eyes: Dark Brown
    • Legs: Dark Blue/Slate
  • Weight: Rooster-6 Hen-4.5 Cockerel-5 Pullet-4
  • Purpose: Dual-purpose
  • Origin: Earliest accounts trace the Ploish chickens back to Asia, but the earliest recorded presence is in Holland, in approximately the 1600s. It is thought that a similar bird existed in even Roman times.
  • Common: Relatively
  • Egg color: White
  • Egg size: Medium to Small
  • Eggs a week/year: A little more than 2 eggs a week/about 120 a year.
  • Broody: No
  • Confinement: Great, can actually be somewhat beneficial to be in confinement in a stable environment, otherwise they may be very easily startled, and jumpy.
  • Compatibility: Not good. They do better when they have ample space, but otherwise they may peck at other chickens.
  • Hardy: Not very. Especially in the winter months water from drinking may freeze in their crests, so they may take some maintenance, and maybe a blow dryer in winter months once in a while. Their feathers are not very well suited for cold weather either.
  • Bantam: Yes*
  • Personality: They are very friendly birds, and have a calm disposition. They can be jumpy however due to their limited vision, but this can be remedied by either trimming the feathers around the eyes, or tying up their crests. They are quite active, and fun to watch run around. Loud noises may scare them more so than other breeds, but otherwise they are quite normal.
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A good conversation starter, and companion, these chickens are definitely worth it. They are absolutely exquisete to look at, and are a deviation from the day to day, average chicken. Definitely a good buy.

Photo courtesy of: mypetchicken.com
Information courtesy of: http://www.purelypoultry.com/polish-chickens-p-307.html
http://www.crestedbreeds.com/crested_breeds_polish.html
http://www.keepingchickens.com/polish-chickens/
http://sinbad99029.tripod.com/id13.html