Joy has helped raise and butcher poultry for 20 years, including chickens, ducks, geese, guineas & turkeys. The journey has been delightful!
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The Polish Buff Laced Chicken
This fancy fellow was raised alongside of 100 Cornish Rock chicks, which are one of the heaviest meat breeds.He was the "odd" chick in a shipment from Murray McMurray Hatchery--a little guy they added for fun, and so chicken people can be more easily introduced to breeds they may not have previously considered.
His mates were all destined for the freezer, but of course we did not think of butchering him. We hoped to get some fancy, part-breed chicks from crosses with him.
This Polish buff laced chicken is quite grown up now, turned into a real, squawking, crowing, egotistical rooster. That is, he acts like this when alone. But actually he is extraordinarily shy and quiet, and quite a homebody and a loner . . . not at all like most of his egg-laying hen counterparts.
Because of his social anxiety, he lives primarily in a pen by himself, and refuses to come out and see the laying hens. He prefers watching the goings-on of the farm through a screen of tall weeds, hiding and scurrying in much the same manner as do ring-neck pheasants.
His Babyhood Picture
Attempts at Socialization
Miss Heather tried introducing him to the laying-hen bunch last fall (2009). The pictures above are from that attempt.
She placed him in a cage so he could socialize without getting picked on until the hens grew used to him. But the long-legged fellow would have none of it, and acted so uncomfortable that Miss Heather moved him back to the other chicken yard to live by himself.
He seems happy enough there. Maybe next spring he'll be ready to socialize, and help make pretty baby chicks.
I'm interested to see any chicks for which he may be responsible. If there are any, I'll be sure to show you.
Unfortunate End of the Polish Rooster
Late Summer 2009
This rooster met an unfortunate end at the hands of a marauding raccoon. This raccoon had been attempting damage to the chicken flock for several weeks, and finally accomplished his purpose. The Polish Rooster was not the only one to go this way; a handful of laying hens also met their death at the jaws of this predator.
We never got another Polish chicken.
Polish Chicken Breed Personality--Questions I Ask
I don't know if the breed is typically shy, or if this one was an exception to the rule of happy, curious, social birds. Perhaps you know? If so, please tell me in the Comments section below. We all may benefit from your wisdom.
Pet Buff Laced Polish Chicken
Favorite Chicken Breeds
More About the Farm Where This Rooster Lives--His Growing Up Experience
- The Life of a Chick: From Newly Hatched to Adult
See a group of 100 Cornish Rock chickens grow from fuzzy yellow balls to noisy adults. Shows all phases of care and feeding on a private farm.
© 2009 Joilene Rasmussen
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on January 01, 2010:
From what I understand, this breed is known for being a little "off", doing their own thing, yet being sweet tempered and unassuming. I am not sure how their intelligence rates, compared to most other chickens.
Miss Heather said this rooster actually did fly over his fence and walk about with the hens for a bit, a few days after I wrote this update. So we'll see what happens. He's a charming thing, for sure.
Ivorwen from Hither and Yonder on January 01, 2010:
Oh, I like him. It would be fun to raise a crazy/different type of chicken.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on December 26, 2009:
Right, exactly...stylish in a teenager-gone-wild kind of way. ;-)
Jarn from Sebastian, Fl on December 26, 2009:
Certainly one of the most stlyish chickens I've seen. Probably doesn't want to be seen with the uncool crowd.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on December 23, 2009:
Isn't it, Rose? He's sweet, though. There are several other roosters on the place, all of them bigger and fiercer than him, so we'll see what happens when the weather warms up.
Rose West from Michigan on December 23, 2009:
That's one crazy looking chicken! :)