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Padovana Chickens

Friendly Laced Padovana Chickens For Sale

Introduction to Padovana Chickens

Stunning laced Padovana chickens, these birds are truly gorgeous with beautiful, laced feathers and outrageous pom poms. They are a large breed and fairly robust, they are not great foragers and happier in a smaller set up, they love people and human company and honestly don’t know they’re chickens! Full of character and so entertaining to be around and very friendly they make excellent pets, they are the ultimate back garden hens.

Good With Most

This breed will be suited with most other breeds, however, some delicate breeds are not compatible with Hybrids or more aggressive breeds. Check the full breed guide for more information.

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Make Great Pets

This breed make wonderful pets for both adults and children, they will have a docile nature and will be easy to handle once they get to know you, they will enjoy human interaction and company.

150-180 Medium White PA

This breed will lay up to 180 medium white coloured eggs per year, they are not known for being overly broody

More About Padovana

  • Character

  • Suitability

  • History


Laced Padovana and very beautiful birds, they have gorgeous, laced feathers, great big pom poms and elegant long legs. They’re extremely friendly and inquisitive and make excellent pets for children. They look very similar to the Bantam Laced Polish but are about 3-4 times the size, making them quite hardy in comparison. Their docile nature makes them good for mixed flocks as they will not pick on smaller Bantams but are big enough to be mixed with larger pure breeds. They are quite cheeky and funky birds and will love your company, follow you about and want to be around you. Less timid than a Silkie or d’Uccle they make for fantastic garden buddies, they prefer to be in pairs in a mixed flock.


Padovana hens are great birds to have in a back garden or smaller area, they are quite dippy and happy go lucky with no apparent understanding of danger, as such they are not suited to large open spaces as they will get lost and make easy pickings for predators. They can fly so will need an enclosed and safe area when you are not around, they’re not a flighty breed, but will fly straight up when spooked, they like to roost and perch up high so will enjoy a chicken swing and lots of enrichment in their enclosure. They are great to have in the garden and will chicken about with you. Their friendly nature makes them naturally docile; they like human company and would not do well left in a large rangy area as they get lost and sad if not around you. They can mix with most breeds including delicate bantams but always be wary mixing any pure breeds and bantams with larger hybrids. They can manage a ladder or a ramp up to their house and may like to roost, but not always as sometimes if living with flightless birds who do not roost they will be content snuggled up with them at night instead of roosting on their own.


Padovana Chickens are an ancient ornamental breed, their true origins are still not clear but they are believed to be an Italian breed from the region of Padova in Northern Italy. There are records dating this breed back to ancient Roman times!

They look very similar to the Laced Bantam Polish but are much bigger in comparison, believed to have been cross bred with the Polish hen and a local Podova chicken breed in the 1600’s. There is some controversy in the UK regarding this breed as in the UK there is no such breed and they would be called a Poland, however, we work with European hatcheries and in France they are known as Padovana as there is a clear distinction between the white crested Poland and the Padovana. They have been reared for centuries in Italy for their lovely eggs and although not a hybrid will lay a good amount per year. They were also used as a table bird, but now they are bred for ornamental purposes and for pets as back garden poultry. They are not overly broody and will lay 150-180 white medium sized white eggs a year, their average life expectancy is around –8-10 years.

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