Polish Crested: Chickens going punk

Surfing around the internet, I started showing my children some of the different breeds of chickens and talking about how the breeds developed and what they were used for. We looked at layers; we looked at meat birds; we looked at the so called dual purpose breeds because that is what we mostly have. We even looked at the ornamental birds and that is where the trouble started.

My children fell in love with the Polish crested. Completely and totally. They thought it was the best chicken ever and our little homestead wouldn’t be complete without one.

“I don’t think so,” I said. “They aren’t much use to us. They don’t lay that many eggs and we aren’t ever going to show chickens.”

“We’ll see,” was my final word on the matter, but I didn’t reckon with Polish crested actually appearing in the feed store.

“Mom!” they shouted enthusiastically. “Mom! They have Polish crested! Oh mom, please? Please?”

And we ended up with two. I don’t even know if they are pullets or cockerels, but they are beginning to get messy hair.

Here’s my son with the golden crested. Note the developing mohawk.

Here’s what it should look like when it’s all grown up:

And here’s our little white crested with it’s perpetual bad hair day:

And a grown up roo:

So yeah. I still have no idea what we’re going to do with a bird that can barely see through it’s mop top, but they are gentle little birds and very patient with the constant adventuring the children take them on. I only hope they are pullets so we can at least get the occasional egg!

(Pictures of adults courtesy Cackle Hatchery.)


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0 thoughts on “Polish Crested: Chickens going punk

  1. Crazy how they look horribly normal and homely then they grow up to be something completely different. I think there is a lesson here for parents??

    Another thing….How awesome is our Creator!!! HE put such detail into these funny little egg layers. Such beauty and comic relief!!!

    .-= Teresa Smith´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  2. What a super cool bird! I have always thought that they were neat…someday hoping to have one. So, glad you broke down and bought one…or two. 🙂

    What an adventure and cool learning experience for your kids.
    .-= Jaime´s last blog ..Good thing for Grandma! =-.

  3. I want one; I want one! I can just see a few of these strutting around the house along with our buckeyes. I’d name them after punk rock musicians.

    Thank you for stopping by the blog and for your encouraging words. Good luck to you and your family as well!

    .-= Everett´s last blog ..On Unskilled Labor =-.

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