Naked Neck Chickens

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History

These have to be the strangest looking chickens in the poultry world. They look like a cross between a turkey and a chicken with their completely featherless necks and faces and this was a common myth when they were introduced to this country in the 1920s when they were described as Churkeys! The exposed skin actually turns bright red in sunlight just like that of the turkey. They originate from Hungary but it was in Germany that the breed was perfected and the lack of feathering on the neck is due to a dominant gene. They actually possess half the total number of feathers in other breeds which makes them much quicker to pluck than other table birds. They are currently very popular in the hotter Eastern countries where they are kept as table birds because they are able to withstand much hotter temperatures than other birds. They have existed as free ranging birds in France for centuries where they remain popular to this day. They are heavy birds with long, elongated bodies. The legs are featherless and slate blue in dark feathered breeds or yellow in the paler feathered varieties with four toes on the feet. The neck is totally without feathers and this bare skin continues right up to the crop. The top of the head has feathers on and they usually have a single comb or sometimes a rose comb and large wattles. The earlobes are red and the eyes are reddish bay. There is also a bantam version of this breed.

Behaviour

They are good layers, producing brown eggs and are hardy, vigorous birds. They are happy to free range or be confined in runs and are not known as being particularly good fliers. They need protection in extremely cold temperatures because of their lack of feathers but can cope remarkably well in very hot climates. They are easy to tame and are very placid, calm birds. They are not good broodies as their lack of feathers makes it hard to keep the eggs warm but if allowed to sit on just a few eggs, they are capable of hatching their own eggs and the resulting chicks are born with their necks already exposed and featherless. Males weigh around 7-8lbs while the females are 5½-6½lbs.

Varieties

The Naked Neck can be found in several different colour varieties including black, white, cuckoo, buff, red and blue.

Status

Rare

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Breed: Naked Neck - Chick
Descriptions: Naked Neck - Chick
Variety: Transylvanian Naked Neck
Age: 9 weeks
Seller: Horton Hatchery
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Description: We have a number of Naked Necks for sale, ranging from day-old chicks to adult birds. Please contact for further details. Prices start at £4 for day-old chicks.
Location: Buckinghamshire Show Map
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Latest Reviews For Naked Necks (5 of 13)

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           My Naked necks

- Claire, 20 July 2013

I love my NNs they are so friendly. I have managed to get hold of a black skinned NN (crossed with silkie) she has the most adorable big black eyes, and I have just hatched some more off. They will always be NN feathered but with black skin. I entered my Transylvanian Naked Neck into a fur and feather show and she got 2nd in the rare breed section I was so proud of her.


           Happy in the North

- Carol, 18 June 2012

I keep a small flock of Turken chickens at my home is Alaska. 60.5 N They have shown their bravery against very large dogs, predatory birds, and silly children. The birds are good at foraging and lay nice big eggs. They look a little funny, but are happy in the yard or in the coop.


           A great breed!

- Alexandrea, 14 February 2012

My turkens are wonderful layers that do just fine on the free range. I don't eat mine but the smaller amount of feathers than many breeds make them easy to pluck and dress. They're generally good with children and although the cockerels do like to strut there stuff, i've never seen anyone attacked by one. they are not super broody like some duel purpose breeds although I will occasionally get a stubbornly nesting hen or two in late spring. They make good mothers in warmer weather when they can keep both themselves and their chicks warm. i wouldn't recommend hatching in colder climates, although the birds would do fine as long as they have shelter out of the wind and wet and a thick layer of shavings to help insulate them in the cold months.


          

- Trish, 11 May 2011

If I could have only one breed of chicken, it would be this one! To some they are ugly, I find their unique appearance rather pretty. They are tough as nails, excellent foragers but enjoy the bit of corn as well. This bird is very intelligent and I don't worry about them when they are out and about.


           Excellent dual purpose fowl

- Joseph, 18 December 2010

We have owned this wonderful breed of fowl in the United States and many other countries and for more than 50 years. They are an excellent dual purpose fowl, being very hardy from hatching through adults and usually have an excellent rate of egg production. With moderate care they live and produce for several years. They tolerate most climates and are particularly hardy in warm to hot areas. They are a delicious, easy to dress breed. Referred to by a variety of names, the birds are an excellent choice. Many people find the lack of plumage along the neck to be an unattractive trait, but I always recommend them to prospective backyard poultry men. The hens only occasionally become broody, but make excellent mothers if allowed to incubate. Once you have experienced these unique birds you will love them. If allowed they are excellent foragers with a calm, friendly personality.

 
 
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