Introduction: Choosing Breeds of Chickens - Polish Crested, Beauty, Brains and Rusticity. Les Poules Padoues.

You want to raise hens organically  that lay eggs of both quality and in quantity? The ancient Crested Polish breed will give you this and so much more. With their ability to forage and consume an omnivorous diet with the minimum recourse to cultivated grain, we get excellent eggs and hours of amusement and education from these delightful birds. They are excceptionally hardy in cold weather, even snow, due to their thick winter plumage and warm fluffy 'hats'. Their eggs are white in colour and even though they are a light bird, their eggs weigh 65 g which is the same weight as the normal standard size egg used in recipes.

Vous pensez à l'élevage de poules en bio? Vous voulez une bonne pondeuse rustique et en plus une race connue pour sa beauté, son élégance et son esprit? Ne cherchez pas plus loin que la race Padoue. C'est un film qui met en vedette cette race et explique pourquoi vous devez les en avoir dans votre jardin.

¿Estás pensando en la cría de pollos orgánicos? ¿Quieres una capa de huevo bien rústico y también una raza conocida por su belleza, elegancia y espíritu? No busque más allá de los pollos Paduvanos. Es una película que muestra por qué esta carrera debe tener un lugar de honor en su jardín.


AnnaG3 (author)2014-09-24

Wonderful! We have recently bought three after having fallen in love with the Silkie chickens. We went to buy more and came home with the Padoue! They refuse to go into the hutch with our other chickens and roost on the top of the hutch so every night we have to put them to bed!

This morning we found the smallest of eggs - like a qual's egg - which made me look to see what the Padoue lays. None the wiser as to who owns it!! Maybe it's a trial egg!

I will come back and send you some photos.

Very interested to learn about how they came to France, which is where we live.

Anna Geraghty

Pavlovafowl (author)AnnaG32014-09-24

Hi Anna,

Thanks for your comments, much
appreciated. Silkies are great birds too and if you ever want to raise
quail, people who have commented on my quail videos and blogs say
they make good mothers. You can't go wrong with Padoues, they are just
such fun! Mine are all outside roosting at the moment and yes we have to
bring them in every night too - they are up the trees. The weather will
not make much difference either. My sister had some in Scotland and my
mother saw them with frost on their backs - still roosting outside! I
have a blog to go with this film if you are interested it is: here

regards to the small egg and please do post some photos, where I come
from in Shropshire, that is known as the cock's egg - it is usually an
egg from a new layer or it can be when a hen starts laying again after
time off-lay. It is considered very lucky, if you through it over the
roof of the house. Whole generations of my family have done this
without thinking about it but some years back I decided to look it up!
The legend behind the cock's egg: - is that; it is laid by a cockerel
and brooded by a toad and is actually the
egg from which the Cockatrice is hatched. This mythical dragon aka the
Basilisk has two cockerel-shaped heads and like Medusa, the power to
kill with a single stare. The way to avoid the egg hatching and thus
being turned to stone, is to throw it over a dwelling house without it
touching the roof. This has been handed down to us as the ritual
of the egg for good fortune. I have a picture on flickr of my Sebright
Bob surrounded by cock's eggs to illustrate the legend if you want to
take a look and compare eggs it is entitled, The Eye-beam of the Cockatrice

Padoue Garbo went broody last year and sat her own eggs and two others,
Polish hens are not supposed to go broody or sit but luckily they don't
read text books! Padoues are really good layers and the eggs can be
standard size even from the bantams - my neighbour has a ten year old
Padoue still laying.

All the very best from the baie de Mont Saint Michel, and hope you are having this same wonderful arrière-saison weather,


AnnaG3 (author)Pavlovafowl2014-09-24

I just wrote to you and tried to attach some photos and now I've lost everything. Will try again tomorrow.



Pavlovafowl (author)AnnaG32014-09-24

P.S Sorry about the formatting - I have already reposted it once so daren't redo it in case it gets worse - think either my laptop or the Instructables site is having an off day!

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