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The Buff Laced Polish Rooster - An Update on a Strange Chicken's Well-Being

Updated on April 28, 2016
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Joy has helped raise and butcher poultry for 20 years, from chickens, ducks, & geeses to guineas & turkeys. The journey has been delightful!

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Miss Heather holds the Polish rooster to calm him down before transferring him to another chicken yard. (The mask is because of her allergies.)
Miss Heather holds the Polish rooster to calm him down before transferring him to another chicken yard. (The mask is because of her allergies.)

Moving Day

The rooster spent a few days in a large cage in the hens' house, but didn't like it there.
The rooster spent a few days in a large cage in the hens' house, but didn't like it there.
He was subsequently moved back to a yard by himself, and seems content.
He was subsequently moved back to a yard by himself, and seems content.
The green, weedy pen to the left is the one he lives in, alone, until a new batch of chicks arrives, or until he wishes to be social.
The green, weedy pen to the left is the one he lives in, alone, until a new batch of chicks arrives, or until he wishes to be social.

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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    • Rose West profile image

      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      That's one crazy looking chicken! :)

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      Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

      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.

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      Jarn 7 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

      Certainly one of the most stlyish chickens I've seen. Probably doesn't want to be seen with the uncool crowd.

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      Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

      Right, exactly...stylish in a teenager-gone-wild kind of way. ;-)

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Oh, I like him. It would be fun to raise a crazy/different type of chicken.

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      Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

      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.

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