Polish—you either love them or hate them! Not many chicken keepers are on the fence about this breed. The lovers will crow about Polish being a very special and unique chicken breed, with their huge bouffant crest of feathers and v-shaped comb. They'll tell you that they love the relatively small size of the Polish breed, that they're super tame and lovely, and make wonderful pets.
The haters will tell you that their behavior can be a bit wacky since their crest limits their vision. They'll also tell you that Polish are unreliable layers. Some lay fairly well, and others... well, you never know what you're going to get.
When in a flock with more aggressive breeds, Polish will tend to be on the low end of the pecking order, and this can also play into rate of egg lay. The lowest birds on the pecking order won't be your most productive layer.
In short, Polish are sweet, beautiful exhibition birds and can be good layers in the backyard flock, but they're not reliable. Please note that our flocks produce a mix of bearded and non-bearded Polish.
* The minimum order of day-old chicks shipped to Rhode Island is 12 due to Rhode Island state law.
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