Polands / Polish
Polands are great layers, great characters and are stunning to look at.
The Poland is a European breed of chicken known for its crest of feathers. This ornamental, non-sitting breed lays a white-shelled egg.
The English language name of these birds is a misnomer, as they do not originate in the country of Poland. Instead, the oldest accounts of crested chickens comes from the Netherlands.
In addition to combs, their heads are adorned with large crests due to a cone (called a protuberance) on the top of their skull. The crest covers almost the entire head. The colour of the crest can either match the rest of the bird's plumage, or be a contrasting white.
Polands need to be carefully managed. If the crest becomes wet, then the feathers tend to flop down and this might cover the eyes completely. In wet weather, Polands are best kept in a completely covered run or indoors. The crest gives many birds limited vision. Polands do not mix well with other birds as the reduced vision makes them vulnerable to attack from others.
With a breed where so much emphasis is on head points, some breeders tend to ignore the other features in Poland bantams. Most Polands kept these days are bantams and should be smaller then large fowl. However, there is often little difference in size between large and bantam Poland varieties. Quite a few Poland bantams are oversized, and many Poland large fowl are undersized.