- Blue Polish Chicken
When it comes to unique poultry breeds, you can always depend on the team at Cackle Hatchery® to offer a variety of options. We are happy to present the White Crested Blue Polish chicken (non bearded) which are one of the best ornamental chicken breeds that are primarily used for exhibition. The Polish chicken is actually thought to have originally come from the Netherlands rathen than Poland, but the name was given when the birds were first transported from Poland and initially introduced in England. This old breed is thought to have been domesticated in Eastern Europe since the early 16th century. Like all other blue varieties of poultry, the White Crested Blue Polish do not breed true to color. Two blues mated together will produce a variety of splash, black-blue and blue chicks. Breeding splash to the black-blue version will produce the most offspring that are more uniform in blue color.
The primary purpose of the Polish Chicken today is for show and backyard oddity. Some refer to them as top hats or top knobs. Polish chickens are not known for going broody but will lay a good amount of white small to medium sized eggs throughout the year. This chicken is notable for the crest of feathers around its head, as well as its large nostrils. The crest of the male is a bit more erratic and umbrella shaped, while the hens' crests are fluffy and full feathered. They make excellent pets but sometimes can have issues with drinking water in the winter time. Their top knob feathers get water logged as they drink and my need trimmed back. Order yours online today, and remember to contact us if you would like any additional details!
Note: About Breeding Blue
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
- Weights: Hen-----4 1/2 lbs Rooster-------6 lbs
Pullet---4 lbs Cockerel-----5 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying; Exhibition
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Egg Production: Good
- Egg Size: Medium
- Temperament: Docile/Flighty
- Fertility Percentage: 40-55%
- Broody: Non Setters
- Mating Ratio: 8 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: Netherlands
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1874.
- ALBC: Watch Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of color varieties of the Polish chicken since 1971.
Hens with lovely personalities, rooster is a little tyrant! Review by Emily
Beyond their funky feathered heads, I had low expectations for the Polish, having read they were mediocre egg layers and that their 'dos could make free-ranging problematic.
However, they have proved to be a delightful addition to our already diverse flock. We received a straight run of four, including one male. The pullets are laid back and gentle souls who lay lovely white eggs; Harry the Rooster is a wiry little dictator. While he's never gone after his human caretakers, he can be a brute to the 16 hens in his flock, and quickly relegated the other (Lakenvelder) rooster he grew up with to lieutenant.
Oh, and Harry's libido is through the roof.
All in all, Blue Polish have proved to be a worthwhile purchase that has brought us a lot of joy and conversation! (Posted on 2/4/2020)
Wonderful Healthy Chicks Review by LisaRoo
My 4 blue polish chickens came in the mail, on time, and very healthy and happy. They have done great maturing and are gorgeous. Thank you for providing such quality! (Posted on 12/12/2019)
Good birds, too many males Review by BabyBird
I purchased 4 blue polish chicks in a total batch of 24 in February 2019 (it's now December) and all arrived happy and healthy. They look super cute as chicks with the little cotton balls on their heads! I bought all hens with the exception of the polish as they are not sexed and 3 of the 4 turned out to be roosters. I found that they were pretty aggressive towards each other, they would peck at the tops of each others heads and try to fight from pretty early on so had to auction off 2 of the roosters. The one remaining got picked on the worst and now can't grow feathers out of the top middle of his head. His remaining crest of feathers does block his vision and he's aggressive towards my female pekin duck so I don't allow him to free range with the others. This summer he mated with one of my buff orpington hens and one of the eggs that hatched has turned out to be a beautiful crested black and gold hen. The one blue polish hen lays small white eggs pretty regularly and is very beautiful, although skittish which is in their nature. While I love all my feather babies and wouldn't trade my two polish birds for anything, I don't think I'll purchase more of them as I don't want to be stuck with roosters and don't like the skittish personality. (Posted on 12/11/2019)
blue polish are fun Review by Aaron
We have enjoyed the 2 Blue Polish and 1 Black Polish hens, we also enjoy our Blue Polish rooster. They are funny to watch with all the feathers on top of their heads waving back and forth when they move. My children are hoping to show them this coming up year as a 4-H project, we are very excited about them. (Posted on 12/10/2019)
Blue Polish Review by Karla Jo
They are a fun chicken to watch. Really pretty black with all the sheen in his feathers. The others are very personable and fun (Posted on 12/10/2019)
Blue polish Review by Mochagurl
Absolutely beautiful birds (Posted on 12/10/2019)
Beautiful birds who need extra observation when outside Review by Angie Illinois
These are very pretty birds, I got 4 hens & 1 rooster and he's just beautiful!! 2 hens are black and white and 2 are grey and white. So far I haven't lost any and we free range all birds (49 total). 1 of the hens did wander far and could not find her way but was easily directed back to her coop. I love their "hats", it's my absolute favorite part. I can't tell if they're laying much as I thought they were white layers (I need to check) but am not getting any white eggs and they're my only ones. Either way they're lovely and timid birds. I enjoy them. (Posted on 12/10/2019)
Caring Birds Review by Barbara
Polish chickens seem to be very mindful of their flock mates. I would recommend them to anyone. I did hear a tip about them during wet/freezing weather - keep them dry. The rain/snow will freeze on their heads & kill them. I do plan on keeping mine inside during the winter months. Such wonderful birds! (Posted on 4/28/2017)
Great experience, Dont free range polish chickens Review by Paul M
My overall experience with cackle hatchery has been great. We got a surprise hatch and received approximately 12 polish chicks. The survival rate was phenomenal. I just wanted to make others aware of the poor suitability for Polish chickens 23 range. We had 48 chickens to start with. This was our first go at raising chicks. We set the chicks to free range, and lost our polish very quickly. 4 Dead in 4 weeks. All of the other chickens have been just fine. We lost the Polish to various predators. Cackle hatchery was very helpful and answering questions and advised us that polish are for free Rangers due to their eyesight being compromised by their head plumes. We plan on keeping the remainder polish cooped to keep them safe. (Posted on 9/6/2016)
Love my Chickens Review by Ingrid Wisconsin August 2009
I just want to write and tell you that you have the prettiest Ameraucanas and I am so pleased with them, my Blue Polish and my German Spitzhaubem. I ordered 5 each of the above, got three brown (one a pretty brown-and-red like a robin) and two blue Araucanas, and six each of the other two breeds. I am lucky that the other two straight run orders turned out to be three of each gender! The Blue Polish are absolutely adorable and the Spitzhauben are very jaunty. Every one of these birds has their own identifying trait to distinguish them from the other. The Polish and Spitzhauben cockerels have the cutest crows - they sound like bantams. (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Love our babies Review by Barb, Kansas March 2012
Just wanted to update you on our week old 15 babies (5 Blue Polish, 5 White Silkies and 5 Easter Eggers). They are all healthy and doing great! (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Thanks Guys! Excellent Order Review by Mark Ohio March 2014
100% live arrival when I picked up this morning at Post Office. It's been many years since I ordered from you , from the looks of today's chicks that won't happen again. Excellent chicks, strong solid bodies, vitality and good crest on. One jumped into the brooder to drink before I even had a second to dip its beak. Never have I had that before even in ones I hatch. (Posted on 11/18/2015)