web analytics



Just LOOK at them! The breed is (usually) called Polish in the US, or Polands in Europe. Also sometimes Pols, which is closer to the thing. Calm down, mein Führer, they don’t (probably) have any relationship to actual Poland. It’s a very old breed and the name likely comes from the Middle Dutch word Pols, which meant “head.” Because duh.

And yes, they bump into things if you don’t trim around their eyes. Though I saw one lady who hated to trim and gathered the feathers up in a hipster topknot with a teeny, tiny rubber band instead. It was adorable.

Yeah, I want one of these in the worst way. I haven’t worked out yet if they come in a Pekin bantam variant — little chicken, feathery feet — except possibly as an accidental crossbreed. I shall investigate. Anyway, I promised Uncle B our next birds would be lemon cuckoos, which are a pretty little Pekin bantam. Very fat and sweet tempered.

I wonder if I could persuade someone to breed me a Polish lemon cuckoo. Hell, that would be worth doing for the name alone.

Anyway, I bring this up because I was looking for a picture of a chicken skull (as you do) and I found this picture of what a Poland’s head bones look like. I thought it was a diseased chicken at first.

Whatever they keep in that thing, it’s probably not brains.


Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 16, 2016, 10:37 pm

Hey, speaking of Cuckoos. What’s become of your pet troll Oceana? Did they revoke his day-room privileges?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 16, 2016, 10:45 pm

Oh, I saw him around not long ago. Pretty sure he also posts using a Cyrillic nick.

I’ve never understood why he commented here. Nobody paid him much attention, which is usually the purpose of a troll. I came to the conclusion he was a genuine nutcase.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 16, 2016, 10:54 pm

Also, I’d like three of those birds. Black feathers. I will name them Joey, Dee-Dee and Johnny.

Comment from Niña
Time: November 17, 2016, 12:06 am

Makes you wonder why they were bred to look that way in a time when food production was more valuable than a fancy lookin’ chikken.

Well, it makes me wonder, anyway.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: November 17, 2016, 12:30 am

There are some great old (new) BBC Playhouse videos on youtube. I’ve been watching Cousin Bette (1971). What a treat with some of my favorite actors:

Margaret Tyzack – Great actress!
Tom Baker – Stoaty’s neighbor
Helen Mirren – Always naked…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 17, 2016, 12:43 am

They are sooo beautiful! Remember the actress Carol Channing? She used to wear these wild, exotic feathered hats in the 60s and 70s. Every time I see chickens with gorgeous feathered topknots, I think of them as Carol Channing Chickens.

Comment from Pupster
Time: November 17, 2016, 2:00 am


Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 17, 2016, 3:10 am

My sister has 8 of them, 7 girls and a rooster. All of them a stunning lacy gray, the girls are lovely. Sampson, the rooster is a loud, obnoxious boy and I love him so much!

Comment from Niña
Time: November 17, 2016, 7:07 am

And how does she deal with chikken bangs?!

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: November 17, 2016, 7:53 am

“…Whatever they keep in that thing, it’s probably not brains.”

My thought, almost precisely, upon first sight of that Mme.Pompadour-of-the-Chooks-World…for whatever reason, that whole feathery-topknot effect puts me in mind of a cross between Phyllis Diller – she used to sport fright-wigs, on occasion, that were a scream! – and Cruella DeVille (of the Disney Dalmatians thingy)…

Chooks of almost any sort, of course, are bags of fun (in general) to observe, ‘specially from somewhat of a distance – at one and the same time, they are (generally-speaking again, and as an overall critter-breed – there are some individual exceptions, based on observation) the second-stoopidest birds in existence (led only by the “fully-domesticated” farm/ranch-bred turkey – and that not by much). There’s strong-enough evidence available to advance the view that, were it not for the interventions of humans, chickens would have either extensively-evolved into something else altogether or died off entirely, long ago – good thing for them that their eggs (and they) are so tasty, and that they are overall so “decorative” and mostly fun-to-watch for so many folks…

There’s good, sound reasoning, in most cases, for the term “bird-brain” – chooks, for all their relative delights, are a prime demonstration.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: November 17, 2016, 1:52 pm

But, are they good eatin’?

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: November 17, 2016, 3:24 pm

The one in the middle back looks like Sly Stone.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: November 17, 2016, 3:27 pm

Echoing J.S., one of the best tactics for survival of your species is to become delicious.

Comment from Ccs
Time: November 17, 2016, 4:32 pm

Gromulin, no Tommy?

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: November 17, 2016, 7:48 pm

*digs through google searches* Aha! Found it! A post from March this year talking about pecking order and comb size: Oh, HELLS, no say the fat old hens

And that left me asking myself: “Self? Would Stoaty’s flock of chooks treat a Pom-Pom-Head newcomer as Pope-most-fowl, automatically deferring to her due to her obviously magnificent and superior head plumage, or would the feathers fly in every direction with the chicken squawking equivalent of accusing the newcomer of some infernal heresy?”

(Chicken posts really ARE much better than politics. Yessiree, they most certainly are.)

Comment from dissent
Time: November 17, 2016, 8:59 pm

All those years of Disney cartoons has me half expecting one of these to pick up a baton and start conducting.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 17, 2016, 9:35 pm

Couldn’t remember the name of the fourth one. Thanks, now I will! There were five or six total over the years, none of whom were actually named Ramone, IIRC.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 17, 2016, 9:40 pm

I wondered about that, Argentium — especially whether a Poland would be bullied. They say a flock will pick on a lone silkie, but I have no experience.

I saw Tom Baker walking down the street once, Ric Fan. I’m, like, “oh — hey look!”

Comment from Ccs
Time: November 17, 2016, 9:54 pm

Correct, none of them we’d born Ramone. I think it comes from one of the Beatles using it as a pseudonym (don’t quote me on that one).

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 17, 2016, 11:29 pm

Are you sure those aren’t Doc Edgerton photos of chicken head explosions?

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)

Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.

<< carry me back to ol' virginny