Tolbunt Polish

  • Tolbunt Polish – Sold as Baby Chicks Only – No Sexing Available
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3
                                Total of 3 birds to ship     
Coming for the 2023 season.


Tolbunt is a rare and beautiful color pattern that combines approximately 50% reddish-brown background color, 25% black lacing, and 25% white mottling. It is essentially a gold lace pattern with white mottling. The tolbunt Polish chicken takes many generations of breeding and presents a challenge to both create and to maintain.

The word tolbunt derives from the German word tollbunt. “Toll” has various meanings in German. It can mean fantastic, breathtaking, or extravagant. And “Bunt” means multi-colored or colorful.

The plumage pattern of the tolbunt Polish chicken originated in the former East Germany. A small population first arrived in the United States in the late 1900s. A few more have arrived since then.

Our Cackle Hatchery® tolbunt Polish bloodline has mostly smooth feathers with a few frizzles. These birds have soft feathers, large crests, and a small V-shape comb. Some are bearded and some are non-bearded.

These docile chickens adapt well to confinement and small backyards. They are generally calm and friendly, therefore make wonderful pets. However, the large crest can impair vision, making the birds somewhat flighty, as well as vulnerable to predation. For birds not intended for exhibition, trimming back the front of the crest can be helpful.

Polish chickens, in general, are susceptible to Marek’s disease. We therefore recommend asking the hatchery to vaccinate your chicks before shipping them. You can find information about this deadly disease on our Cackle Hatchery blog.

Cackle Hatchery has only a limited supply of Polish chickens with the rare and exotic tolbunt plumage pattern. We therefore offer no choice of smooth feathers or frizzling, beard or no beard. Not available until the 2023 season.


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Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
  • Weight: Hen — 4 1/2 lbs
    Rooster — 6 lbs
    Pullet — 4 lbs
    Cockerel — 5 lbs
  • Purpose and Type: Egg Laying; Ornamental
  • Egg Shell Color: White
  • Egg Production: 120 eggs per year (estimate only, see FAQ)
  • Egg Size: Medium
  • Temperament: Docile/Flighty
  • Fertility Percentage: 40-55%
  • Broody: Non Setters
  • Mating Ratio: 7 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
  • Country of Origin: Germany (former East Germany)
  • APA: Not yet recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in
  • TLC: Watch Status, considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
  • Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery®  Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of color varieties of the Polish chicken since 1971.
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