Photographer's Note

This bird who looks like he's having a "bad hair day" is a Polish Chicken.

The Polish Chicken, or the Crested Dutch Chicken, is an ornamental bird that is distinguished by a topknot of feathers, usually in a contrasting color to their body color.

It is important not to startle Polish Chickens because their crests restrict their vision, so it may be easy to sneak up upon them without intending to. Under normal circumstances, however, Polish Chickens may be calmer than other chickens because their crest restricts vision much in the way a hood might. It is important to allow them plenty of space to prevent them from picking out each other's topknots.

Mentioned in literature as early as the sixteenth century, Polish Chickens are a very old breed. They were probably imported from Eastern Europe to England, where they became known as Poland Fowls. Continental Europeans often refer to these and to all crested breeds as Paduans or Padoues. Polish Chickens have been praised for years as beautiful birds for exhibition.

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