Not a Polish breed, but a crested breed, the Appenzeller Spitzhauben originated in Switzerland. They are not large birds, weighing only four to five pounds at maturity. These birds are excellent climbers and love to roost in trees. They do not do well in smaller coops and are very much free-range birds. The hens are good medium to large white egg layers, laying approximately 155 eggs a year. Interestingly, Spitzhauben is German for pointed hoods that resembles their top hats. They are white with black spangles with a V-comb. Chicks have dusty yellow and grey down feathers with featherless legs. They have a tiny knob on the top of their head, not as large as the Polish breeds.