Polish Chickens

Why did the two polish chickens cross the road?  Well, if they’re our girls… hopefully, they’re going to get their hair done.  Seriously, they can’t see very well and need a trim. 

One of our floofy-headed Polish hens.

We have two Polish hens and they’re almost identical.  But, we know how to tell them apart.  One hen has a slightly different “do”.  My husband says one looks like Phyllis Diller and the other looks like Tina Turner. 

This is the other floofy-headed twin. Can you see the difference?

These two chickens are our all-time favorite birds!  They follow us around talking to us, begging to be picked up.  They live to be cuddled and make cooing noises when you play with their feathered hair.  They are lap birds that could sit in our laps for hours.  Is this normal?  I don’t know. 

They lay beautiful white eggs.  The other chickens tend to push them around a little, so they’re low in the pecking order.  They look like they would be the boss ladies, but the opposite is true.  I’ve read that this is usually the case with the Polish breeds, though our girls hold their own.  

Our Polish twins.

Whenever the chickens hear a door to our house open, they come running!  I had to stop painting my toenails red because they seem to believe they are cherry tomatoes.  I would scream, “stop pecking my toes!”  I suppose I could try another color… or wear shoes, but it is sorta’ the city gal vs. the country gal thing. 

Come grow with us!

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3 Responses to “Polish Chickens”

  1. My family had some lap chickens while I was growing up. My hen Calico even got lap-trained — she’d jump down on the floor if she had to go. (Sadly, she never did wind up house-trained, though to be fair we never tried.) There was a duo of little black bantams who figured out a very clever way to get in the house — the less-smart of the two would try to fly through the window, while the other one waited by the door. When we opened the door to get Onyx to stop walloping the window with her wings, Hematite would hop in, and Onyx would run around and follow her.

  2. We had chickens growing up too! Although I don’t think my parents intended to have so many, we ended up with maybe 20 or so! They bought 2 chicks at the Ortiz Ave Flea market and lo and behold, there were eggs, then chicks, and more chickens. Repeat. They were not very friendly though and turned into quite the nuisance, going into other peoples yards to scratch, peck and poop, crowing morning and night. Add to that the fact that we were in a residential neighborhood. I blame it on our lack of cultural understanding for zoning laws due to our recent immigrant status. Sadly, we received too many complaints and they had to go. We were little girls, maybe 5 or 6, and we pouted and cried over it. To no avail. They were gone for good.

    • Don’t need roosters to have eggs. My husband says he’s the only rooster around here. Hens don’t crow and can be fabulous pets. We let our hens roam in the yard and forage most of the year, but they have to stay in their coop for a couple months in the fall when our garden is full of sprouts. Hens can work in an urban setting when they have a nice coop. 3 hens would provide fresh eggs for a small family’s table and extra nutrients for a small garden.

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