For over a year, our eldest daughter has been raising and caring for a few Polish hens. They are a funny looking chickens – well, that is an understatement. They are very funky looking! She first saw one a few years ago and noted how strange and cute they were all at the same time. We found a few chicks for her at the local chicken swap (yes, can you believe there is such a thing?), but sadly, they died within a few weeks. We found out they are not a hearty chicken, do not like the cold and are not very intelligent. Perhaps it is all those feathers in the way of their eyes? In any case, we waited till the spring and found two more chicks for her.
With great care, she has successfully brought them through the spring, summer, fall and hopefully they make it through this last leg of winter. They are her pride and joy.
We recently found them a rooster – hooray! Polish chicks coming soon?! If only they would start laying, we would have the cutest, funniest looking baby chicks for spring.
She introduced Mervin, her new Polish rooster, to her two-hen flock this week. So far, he is a very friendly rooster, allows Lacey to hold him and catch him easily and he does not seem to be too bothered by the other three roosters we have already with the other hens. And what hen – er, Polish hen – could resist that handsome face and incredible hair style?
Welcome to the barnyard, Mervin. Now it’s time to make some Polish baby chicks.