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Crested Breeds
Polish are one of the most beautiful of all poultry breeds with their large, distinctive crests. They are of very ancient origin for in many pictures by the old masters, and especially those by Dutch and Flemish painters, the fowls shown in rural scenes are unquestionably Polish. They are quiet and gentle birds, owing perhaps to their restriced vision because of the crests.

Buff Laced Polish
These very rare birds are a rich golden buff, each feather neatly laced with creamy white, and with slate blue shanks and toes. The flowing crests and sprightly carriage make them one of the most prized varieties anyone interested in beauty and unusual poultry can own.

Sultans came from Istanbul to England in the 1850's. This extremely rare breed has a crest, muff, beard, feathered shanks, and a fifth toe.

Crevecoeurs are a rare breed originating in Normandy, France. The Creveceour is very similar in size to the Houdan, but only has four toes and is all black in color.

Top Hat Special
The crested breeds are the most interesting and beautiful of all chickens with their full, feathery crests. The baby chicks are especially pretty and cute as the crests show up as little top hats right from the start. These breeds are very quiet and gentle and don't seem to stray too far from their yard.

Golden Polish
Here is another fine example of the crested fowl and among the most ornamental of all. These were brought to their wonderful point of development by European and English breeders as long ago as the mid 1800's.

White Crested Black Polish
The mature White Crested Black Polish represent a striking contrast in color with their body plumage of lustrous black and crests of white with a few black feathers.

Mottled Houdans
These were raised extensively on the many small farms near the village of Houdan in France; and this locale and the lovely black plumage in which many feathers are tipped with V-shaped white spots give them their name.

White Polish
We call these "Snowballs" and they really do look like them with their snow white crests and pure white rounded bodies.

Silver Polish
The plumage is silvery white, each feather laced with lustrous black. Hens lay white eggs, are non-setters.