A mini note about Polish:
Polish chick, hates the photo op
Its very interesting to watch them develop- from wirey little chicks into gorgeous grown chickens. Of course, this is a bantam breed, so they will never be any larger than 3.5 pounds or so-half the size of the standard large breed Polish chicken.
Special care for your polish:
With enormous crest feathers, these little chickens
have a difficult time seeing their surroundings after
about 4-5 months of age--
their crest "top knots" are just too big!
* They also have flight feathers, & can easily fly up into your
trees unless you trim their wings. (this is a pain-less procedure
that when done properly, doesn't hurt the chicken at all)
Because of this, they need to be monitored closely if they
are allowed to "free-range" in your yard. Chances are they
won't travel too far since they have difficulty with their
peripheral vision but are especially vulnerable to predators.
They enjoy spending theirtime roosting from above while
making slight "coo-ing" sounds of happiness.
This breed is well worth all the effort to maintain
We have found most Polishes to be very friendly and non-aggressive. Little chicks enjoy spending time on your lap or nestled up near your neck for warmth. Grown hens and roos can be held and stroked like beloved pets.
When well-socialized as chicks, they grow up to be very fun & entertaining additions to your flock.
Sigh......poor little chicken:
"Freckles" a cuckoo frizzle is an example of how vulnerable small Polish chicks can be (and all chicks for that matter) to any kind of predator.
She was "abducted" by a neighbors cat in the backyard, in plain view. She was the easiest victim, oblivious to everything. She was taken over a fence, into another yard, & played with by other cats before I could find her.
Her right wing was severed (practically removed) --very icky.
*I could have prevented her abduction by supervising her more closely when she was outside- I wasn't paying attention*
Freckles LOVES her pain medication! :)