Crested Polish Chickens

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Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm provide information about Crested Polish Chickens in this free online video.

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This is a crested Polish Chicken. Crested Polish was developed in Poland in the Polish Royal Court and probably the 1500 or 1600's. It is a very old breed of chicken. You can tell how it gets its name by his lovely crest. Often referred in shorthand as a top hat. There are many varieties of crested chickens so top hat is a generic term. But this is a crested Polish and she has muffs as well. She has little ear muffs right down by her ears. This is more of an exhibition chicken than a chicken designed for egg laying or meat eating. They are a kind of scrawny bird I have to say but they are beautiful and they are calm. They are a good chicken to have around because if you want to just have some chickens in your yard, they are clam chickens and they stay close to home. The one problem they have because of this crest, is they don't have good visual cues. So you want to make sure they are safe. They won't see predators if you happen to live out in the country.

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