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Happy Boxing Day!

Our Christmas was lovely. Our Christmas dinner exceptionally nice. We mostly gave each other things to keep warm, like nice socks, and we were happy with that. We R old.

So, anyhoo — TADA! I finally got those poland bantams I’ve always wanted. I had to make ’em myself. I bought an incubator and six hatching eggs off Ebay. Everyone reassured me they wouldn’t all hatch.

Spoiler: they all hatched.

The problem with polands is that you can’t tell the males and females apart until they’re at least two months old. In fact, I posted pictures of mine at eight weeks to a chicken forum and several experienced poland keepers told me they were all female.

Spoiler: they weren’t.

Some of the eggs had a scrawl on the bottom to indicate what they were, so I named them based on that. The is G at eight weeks old. She’s a Golden laced poland bantam.

And she’s a very pretty girl, too, but frutty as a nootcake.


Comment from dissent
Time: December 26, 2019, 6:32 pm

Reminds me of LiMu emu’s lady friend from the commercial.

Comment from Some Fruitcake
Time: December 26, 2019, 7:15 pm

”And she’s a very pretty girl, too, but frutty as a nootcake.”

Ain’t that always the way it goes?

Comment from BJM
Time: December 26, 2019, 7:38 pm

”And she’s a very pretty girl, too, but frutty as a nootcake.”

Me thinks the top knot is a giveaway.

Are these chikkens native to Poland?

Comment from ron
Time: December 26, 2019, 7:40 pm

neighbor kid gave his Poland chickens ”hair”cuts

mohawk chickens are different

Comment from weasel again
Time: December 26, 2019, 8:25 pm

They are not native to Poland. Earliest accounts are Dutch, but they might even be English. It’s a very old breed and, believe it or not, it was originally bred as a very good egg layer, not for their giant stupid crests.

Nobody’s sure why they’re called polands (they’re called polish in the States).

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 26, 2019, 8:37 pm

When you said you made em yourself,

I instantly had a vision –

You plucking some feathers off your other chickens, taking a couple of little wire half hoops, super gluing the feathers onto those, trimming them up (down) to look like a sideways Lord Admiral Nelson hat, and then supergluing the whole affair onto one of your normal chickens.

Of course no one would ever do such a thing.

Well, I wouldn’t, because I don’t have chickens.

They are pretty though. Can you do a color shot?

One more stupid question –
Do they get in a column of twos and sing
“O-RE-O EYoooooh Hummmm”
as they march into the coop at night?

(I’ll get you my pretty! And your little dog too!)

Comment from weasel again
Time: December 26, 2019, 8:58 pm

The “golden laced poland bantam” link goes to a Google images search of the color. Her form is prettier than any of the birds on that front page, though.

Comment from weasel again
Time: December 26, 2019, 8:59 pm

They goose-step, actually. Particularly the males.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 27, 2019, 12:16 am

So weasel again, they must then be of German origin???


Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: December 27, 2019, 1:12 am

Mark Matis, the goose step was not exclusively, or even predominately, German. For example:http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_back.htm

Comment from Armybrat
Time: December 27, 2019, 1:21 am

My sister has polish chickens. 5 ladies and one rooster. The rooster is named Goliath. He’s an asshole. Pretty gray color, but an asshole. The ladies are also all kind of a marbled gray color. You should see Goliath strut his stuff for the ladies. They generally ignore him. I could sit for hours and watch the comedy that is my sister’s chickens!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 27, 2019, 1:53 am

Goose step….

shouldn’t it be called

Chicken step?

“Zuch vine troopz!
Ze vinest Chicken Schteppers in oll uf Prussia!”

Comment from weasel again
Time: December 27, 2019, 4:21 am

My polands are all sweethearts. Males included. I think that’s because they’re all severely visually handicapped.

I have one giant male. A total luvvie. I’m not even sure he’s bantam. I’ll get to him last.

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 27, 2019, 10:37 am

“The is G at eight weeks old.”

I feel like that sentence was meant to include an actual name. Maybe like: “This is Trudy at eight weeks old.”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 27, 2019, 11:30 am

G is all I gave her. It probably should have been Goldie or something, but I’ve never had that many chickens to name at once and I just kind of froze.

Wait until we get to poor Spoon.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 27, 2019, 3:15 pm

Stoaty, this isn’t very imaginative but you could take the easy way out and call her Gigi.

And what sort of behavior leads to to say she’s nutty, uh, “frutty as a nootcake” pray tell?

Comment from OldFert
Time: December 27, 2019, 3:37 pm

It seems many not-nice countries seem to prefer goose-stepping. North Korea, ChiComs, Iran, prolly a lot of South American ones.

Comment from weasel again
Time: December 27, 2019, 4:27 pm

All the polands are daft, to be honest. G is a wanderer. I’ll find her all by herself clear on the other side of the house. She lays her eggs in the driveway.

Which is a step up from the other poland girls, who squat and drop ’em wherever they happen to be. In all this rain and muck, my skelter is full of muddy eggs 🙁

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