Wondering what color eggs do polish chickens lay? I’ve got you covered. But first let’s make sure we are talking about the same breed first. Not all fluffy-headed chickens are polish chickens.
Polish chickens are the breed with large crests on the top of their heads and a wide variety of color patterns. They are ornamental birds that have gained popularity because mainly of their unique appearance. Because they certainly are not good egg layers. They are also known for their exhibition meaning to be show birds. Yep, people who chickens like they do dogs, cattle, rabbits, or anything else.
There are some who say the polish breed of chicken is a docile bird but let’s just say all of my experiences with the ones we have owned and the ones I got to come in contact with at fairs and shows have been anything but. They are polish hens are flighty and the roosters can be on the sneaky side.
Polish chickens are pretty good flyers as far as any chicken can be so they can get up on things and out of containment easily. The main rooster we had would do anything he could to get above you and come at you from above. So yeah he was gone real quick.
Now that I have given you the necessary warning about behavior and that they can be one of the slightly aggressive breeds. Let’s get into the color of the polish chicken eggs and their egg-laying abilities.
Polish Chicken Eggs Overview
Let’s start with appearance. Polish chicken eggs are usually medium in size. Not as small as a bantam egg but certainly not a large egg like you would expect from a white or brown egg layer. The eggs tend to be bit more slender and longer instead of short and wide like maybe a cochin egg is.
They typically lay only 120 eggs or so each year so if you are looking for a productive egg laying addition to your backyard flock you are better off looking into one of the other egg-laying breeds.
Even though there are several varieties of polish chickens this doesn’t have any effect on the color of eggs they lay. All polish chickens lay white eggs or some close shade. No unique egg color laying happening here.
What Color Eggs To Polish Chickens Lay
Polish chicken breeds are white egg layers. While their eggs are not as white as say the white leghorn eggs in my personal opinion they can be a little creamy colored.
I wish I could have taken a picture to show you from my own birds what they looked like but that was so long ago I don’t have the pictures anymore. But this is the hatchery we buy our chickens from and they have a good image of what the polish chicken eggs look like. — Keep in mind this is a pretty small basket.
What Size Is A Polish Chicken Eggs?
On average, Polish chicken eggs tend to be smaller in size compared to other breeds. They typically measure around 1.5-2 inches in width and 2.5 inches in length. They usually weigh around 1.5 ounces.
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How Often Do Polish Chickens Lay Eggs?
These birds usually start laying eggs at around 6 to 7 months of age, depending on their individual development. Once they hit that age, you can expect them to produce eggs consistently throughout the year. However, don’t expect them to be good layers like some other breeds of chicken such as the rhode island reds.
Like I have already hinted at, when it comes to egg production, Polish chickens are not the most prolific layers out there. You can expect about 100-120 eggs each lay laying season which is less than one-third of the year.
On average, Polish chickens lay about 3 to 4 eggs per week during their peak laying season. Which for most chicken breeds is during the longest daylight hours of the year. — Factors like the availability of clean water, proper nutrition, and the cold weather can affect the frequency of their egg production.
What effect does a Poor Diet have on Polish Chickens Eggs?
Like any breed, there are a few things that will affect their laying abilities. The two main ones are the daylight hours of the winter months and nutrition. So let’s cover those two.
Now, when these beauties don’t get the proper nutrition they need, it can have a serious impact on the quality and production of their eggs. They can have smaller egg sizes, weaker shells, and even a decrease in overall egg production.
Protein is a key player in egg production. Without enough protein in their diet, these chickens won’t be laying eggs as often as they should. Which is why I highly discourage feeding only scratch grains or supplementing too much with kitchen scraps. While yes it will fill them up that’s not why most homesteaders keep chickens. We want something in return for our troubles. As it should be if you are going to be intentional about your homestead or backyard farm.
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I have a whole post that explains this in more detail that you can read here. But the main thing to remember is that if chickens don’t get 14 hours or more of what they think is daylight their egg-laying will drop off drastically. Even if it’s still warm outside.
So if you want to keep your chickens laying longer you need to put a light in the coop that can be put on a timer to add about five hours of light to the winter months from about the middle of August all the way to about the first week of May depending on your location.
So while this rare breed of chickens with a feather cap on the top of their head may seem like a fun addition to the flock they certainly do have their drawbacks. If you want a little variety to your flock I would recommend just getting a couple of this breed first before getting a whole flock of them for sure.