The Buff Laced Polish Rooster - An Update on a Strange Chicken's Well-Being
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The Polish Buff Laced Chicken
In my photo essay on raising Cornish Rock chicks for meat, I showed you the "odd" chick out of the bunch of 100, who did not get butchered. This chick was included in a shipment of Cornish Rock chickens, just for fun - a sort of treat from the breeder, Murray McMurray Hatchery.
This Polish buff laced chicken is grown up now, turned into a real, squawking, crowing, egotistical rooster. Actually, he's extraordinarily shy and quiet, and quite a homebody and a loner...not at all like most of his laying-hen counterparts.
In fact, 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.
Miss Heather tried introducing him to the laying-hen bunch, last fall (2009). These pictures 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 gangly Polish fellow would have none of it, and acted so uncomfortable that Miss Heather moved him back to the other chicken yard by himself.
He seems happy enough there. Maybe next spring he'll be ready to socialize.
I'm interested to see any cross-bred chicks he may produce. If there are any, I'll be sure to show you.
Unfortunate End of the Buff Laced Polish Rooster
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 the predator.
We never got another Polish chicken. 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? Please tell me in the Comments section below.
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