Personally, never liked naked necks, due to their looks... My son has won me over after he purchased two chicks from a local poultry shop. As they grew older, so did my liking for them. Probably the most timid birds we have. They grew twice as fast as the chicks we had same age, and they do grow big ! The cockerel is now 5 months old and huge, almost twice the size of the hen. Both hen and cockerel are very dosile and (when they want to) can be easily caught and handled. Fortunately he has a cock and hen, so hopefully be breeding some in the spring. So from a bird I originally thought was ugly and not right, they have definitely gone up the list of must have Chickens.
The real name is "Naked Neck From Transilvania" ans original country is Romania
I love my Turkens. I do lots of school poultry presentations and they win every crowd with their hilarious apperance.
I live at 1500 feet and get a lot of rain and snow so was concerned that they would not do well here. The supplier pointed out that they were 'not daft' and so long as shelter was available they would use it!
As it turns out they are very happy and lay well. They choose to stay in or go out and both females have produced large broods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have recently acquired a male and three females. Within a matter of weeks they have become fearless and friendly. Not quite used to being picked up yet, but tollerant of my 20 month old son herding them back into their house! Appear to eat anything in addition to their layers pellets and corn. Doing a good job of trimming the length of grass on the lawn.If you value your lawn these may not be the right chickens for you. May not be the most attractive of chickens to everybody, but bags of character. No eggs yet, but still young birds.
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