With it’s enormous crest of feathers, the Polish are a funny looking breed. Friendly and gentle, they make wonderful pets. Hens lay about 200 eggs per year and does not mind confinement. Despite its name, the Polish chicken comes from the Netherlands and has been traced back as far as the 16th century. The Polish reached the U.S. between 1830 and 1840 and quickly became popular for its superb laying abilities.