Day Old White Crested Black Polish Baby Chicks
Hatching March to September.
Polish chickens are the most well-known of the crested breeds, and White Crested Black Polish are the most popular variety of Polish. They look so formal in their black and white feathers!
Production: Most people who raise Polish do so because they make great pets. You can expect about 200 white eggs per hen per year, and they have white skin. But they are also funny, cute, and tame easily, often making them the stars of their flocks.
Temperament: Polish are sometimes easily startled and skittish because their distinctive crests can impair their vision. They are also friendly, sweet birds.
History: As one of the oldest breeds of chicken in the world, the origins of the Polish are lost to the mists of time. However, archaeologists did discover a skull that looks exactly like the skull of the modern Polish on a dig in the UK, giving us reason to believe they were originally inhabitants of that region. No one can know for sure, though.
One thing that is known is that they are not originally from Poland. Polish chickens are so-named because their crests resemble the hats once worn by the Polish military. They have been raised in Poland for many, many years and were especially popular with nobles.
The majority of the work to standardize the breed was done in Germany, Poland, and Holland. A Dutchman named Arie Boland was in large part responsible for preserving many of the color varieties.
Colors: The name White Crested Black Polish describes the variety perfectly: black body feathers and a bright, white crest.
Status: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Conservation Status: Like all varieties of Polish, the White Crested Black Polish is listed in the Watch category by the ALBC.
Body Type: The most unusual part of a Polish's body is the crest, which is caused by a knot on the top of the skull. Otherwise, these birds are medium-sized chickens.
Standard Weights: Rooster 6 lbs, Hen 4.5 lbs, Cockerel 5 lbs, Pullet 4 lbs
Classification: American Poultry Association Class: Continental