Polish Frizzle Bantam White
The Frizzle Poland was created in Holland by Mr Airie Bolan. His inspiration came from a painting by Van Gink, a famous artist. It started with the use of long legged Japanese Bantam Frizzle. It took several years to create but, between 1989 and 1991, the Frizzle Poland became recognised giving us a superb new breed. Today the popularity of the Frizzle Poland is extremely high and is now also standardised by the British Poultry Club.
A grieving chicken has started impersonating a cockerel after its mate was killed by a fox.
Miss Millie, a rare Frizzled Polish variety, crows at dawn and struts around the farmyard like a proud male. Her owner Judy Cook, from Winscombe, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, said Miss Millie took on the cockerel characteristics after her mate and all the other females in the yard were killed by a fox. "She's the only one now and she's acting just like a cockerel. I have never seen anything like it. Hens don't crow, it's as simple as that. It's totally unheard of."
Mrs Cook believes the four-year-old chicken could be trying to take her mate's place. Miss Millie, who has extravagant plumage on the lines of the Seasame Street character Big Bird, now thinks nothing of coming into the family home and playing with the dogs. Mrs Cook said, "She's very confident - certainly one of a kind."
Polish Frizzle Golden-Laced
While listed in the Standard as a breed, frizzling is a genetic modification that can be easily introduced into any population of chickens. It causes each feather to curl back toward the bird's head instead of lying naturally pointed toward the tail. The feathers can sometimes be quite brittle.
The Golden Lace (see photo above for the frizzle variety) comes non bearded and bearded. Everything is similar to Silver Lace (see photo below) except the colour. The Golden Lace plumage is golden bay laced with lustrous black.
The Silver Lace Polish also comes in non bearded and bearded varieties. The comb, face and wattles are a bright red, the beak is dark horn and eyes reddish bay. The ear lobes are white with no discoloration; the leg shanks and toes are slate blue. The cockerel and pullet crest is black with white lacing and after the first moult should be white with lustrous black lacing. The non bearded male wattles are rounded on the bottom and of even length with no disfiguration. The wattle on the female is very small to nonexistent.
Polish Silver Lace
The Polish White Crested Black is non bearded. Wattles, face and comb are a bright red, the face smooth and without feathers. The ear lobes should be white without any discolouration. Beak is a blue/black, eyes are reddish bay color, leg shanks and toes a dark slate. The body's plumage is a lustrous, greenish black. The crest is white, very large, profuse and free from splits or parting. A small amount of black in the front is allowed, but the smaller the better. The crest is as high as wide (a pancake crest is a fault).
The White Crested Blue Polish is the same as the White Crested Black except plumage is blue with black lacing in the USA - in other countries, the plumage is a solid blue.
Polish White-Crested Black and Blue
Source: a fascinating coffee-table-type book called Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage. The book had dozens of pictures of - well - extraordinary chickens. For more pages of photos of unusual chickens, please see the preceding two pages, This Doesn't Fly (especially the bottom article, "Hairless Joe Chicken") and Something to Crow About and the following page, You Elegant Fowl. Some information on these pages was taken from www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/chickens and www.honoluluzoo.org/bantam_chicken.htm.