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Naked Neck-turken

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Pros: They recover from injury and sickness very quickly. Great in droughts. Easy to pluck. NN gene is dominant. Tasty meat, huge eggs.

Cons: I don't have enough of them. They take about an extra month to grow for meat compared to other birds because they tend to be bigger.

These are the most delicious birds ever.  I read that they were bred in world war I by countries in Europe to improve the amount of eggs/meat of chickens.  The breed was almost wiped out in world war II as the chickens were killed to feed soldiers.  They lay huge brown eggs.  I recently got a straight run of them but it looks like I mostly have cockerels.  Take a look here for the wonderful history of the naked neck! http://breedsavers.blogspot.com/2011/05/naked-necks-chickens-that-looks-like.html

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Pros: Delicious broilers, good layers of large eggs, very friendly, heat tolerant, rule the roost

Cons: Not cold tolerant

These chickens are big, bad, and delicious! We bought two from our local hatchery and unfortunately slaughtered the rooster, though he was incredibly delicious, our hatchery is having problems getting more in this year! He had a generous amount of meat on him, it was juicy and flavorful, and I could even see the oil from the fat bubbling under the skin which made the skin so crispy and delicious, like fried chicken without the oil and deep fryer! The hen we are keeping as a pet and have named Oprah because before she goes to kick another hen's butt, she weaves her head back and fourth like an angry black woman, and Oprah is our favorite black woman. My friends have asked me if she has a book club, I say I think she does, why else would the hens love her so much? We had to bring her in for the winter which really upsetted the other hens, they stopped laying completely (we thought it was the cold of winter until we put her back out and they started laying again), but she just wasn't looking happy or healthy out in that cold. Once she settled in inside, to our amazement, she started laying again! When she was put back outside, our two Welsummers who were ruling the roost in her absence, tried to dominate her. She turned around, grabbed the nearest Welsummer's hackles and scratched her on the back with her foot, they went running off while boking and that was the end of that. They didn't try it again, lol.

 

She's very curious and friendly, she follows me around and doesn't run from me at all, she even lets me pick her up though she makes sounds about it (which roughly translate to "Omg I'm being abducted" I'm sure). She's also quite the tank, she feels like a good 12 lbs, which is how much my shih tzu x amer. cocker mixes weigh. Their legs also amaze me, they are thick and giant!

 

She lays large- though large in length than width, still large- light brown eggs. We've even gotten quite a few double yolked from her, which may be bad for anyone incubating or hatching chicks, but we enjoy them for eating!

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Pros: friendly, good egg layers

Cons: ?

The girls I just got are wonderful.  They integrated well, started laying quickly.  Haven't had any complaints.  One of them is a real character - she "talks" to me.  I love how cuddly they are.

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Pros: cold hardy, good layer, personality

Cons: strange looking

These are my daughter's favorite.  In MN they were the only hens to lay all winter.  We had one that liked to have the few feathers on her neck plucked out by one of the other hens.  She would stretch her neck out in front of the other hens until one would give in.  (chicken version of a bikini wax?)

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Loved them their my favorite breed. They were the first breed I started with back when I only had 4 chickens. They were great laying large brown eggs NEVER stopped laying even all winter. Also had great personaity. everyone of them was different. Will love to get some more.

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Pros: Good, frequent eggs

Cons: Very scared

I got two pure black naked neck hens of a a friend along with a bluebelle mix hen. They were only 13 weeks old when I got them and were very scared. they are now 5 months old and are still very scared. I don't why but but apparently they didn't have a very interactive childhood.

 

The naked necks are beautiful to have in  the garden as they never leave one another's side, even when laying and going broody. My two naked necks take in turns to sit on the eggs while they are brooding, quite strange I know.

 

Overall they are a good breed, just make sure they've had a good upbringing.

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Pros: Easy to pick out of a flock

Cons: Won't this bird need a turtle neck come winter?

This breed is described as "cold hearty" but I can't believe her crop contents won't freeze come a NE winter. We'll see. I can knit a neck tube thing if need be. I am excited that they get such great reviews for personality and egg-laying, because I don't think anyone is going to buy this one out of my McMurray "Assorted Brown layers" batch that arrived yesterday, of which I plan to sell the majority. 

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Pros: friendly

Cons: none yet.

i only have 7 chicks so far, but so far they are friendly and i love these chickens. i never had them before and i hope they are good layers.

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Pros: Docile, good layers

Cons: Ugly

These are the best layers in my flock, and have the best personality as well!

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I have one black NN! Probably my sweetest bird yet! Very calm and loves treats!

Naked Neck-turken
Description:

The origination of the Naked Neck is unclear but they are thought to have been brought back by Hungarian conguerers from Asia at the end of the ninth century. They have been raised in many different climates and are extremely hardy in both cold and hot regions. They are resistant to disease and the cost of keeping them is low making them desirable to farmers for their efficiency and dual purpose as both good layers and meat birds. Many believe the Naked Neck or Turken breed was bred from the Sussex because of the wide body and a well rounded front.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombPea
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet
Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite, Black, Blue, Buff, Silver, and Red.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

 

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet

Breed Colors / Varieties:

White, Black, Blue, Buff, Silver, and Red.

Breed Details:

Also called Turken for the breed's lack of feathers on the neck resembling a turkey and the Transylvania Naked Neck, I would recommend this breed to anyone as they are calm. I, personally, have 3 hens and they are all friendly, nice birds.

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