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transylvanian naked neck (black)


Pros: Very tolerant to both heat and cold. Calm and friendly, often to the point of being dog-like. Eggs are Lg to Ex/Lg and in various shades of brown.

Cons: None to speak of...The cons are in the minds of some who see them for the first time.

My family has bred these birds for more than 70 years along with Australorps.  We have recently decided to cut our work load and the breed we dispersed was Australorps, another one of the great production breeds.


The initial 'Jurassic Park' look of this old breed does indeed make some people skeptical that they are chickens at all but once you get to know the breed, realize what wonderful personalities and production qualities they are endowed with, it's very easy to fall in love with them.  Many are dog-like in as much as they will follow you around and try to 'help' with whatever project is at hand. That being said, it would only follow that they make excellent pets for children...of all ages.  Additionally they are above average brooders and take the job of motherhood very seriously.  Some will group-brood, with as many as three hens caring for the chicks as if every chick was their own...then some are very territorial and guard their chicks against adult birds, other animals and humans they do not know.


Am I prejudice? Absolutely, but my views are based upon a lifetime of raising this breed and if they weren't all I say, they would have gone  down the pike many years ago.


Pros: Hardy and great foragers

Cons: They are hard to sell.

I live in Minnesota, great, hardy birds. I guess I can't say they are pure bred Transylvania naked necks but they do
Have naked necks. Last fall I had to many roosters in my coop so I kicked them out two
Were naked necks. They had hatched may of 2012 so they were not yet a year old.
To my surprise they did great outside all winter they had very little frostbite at night all the roosters flew up into the
rafters of an old shed by day they walked around in the snow.
The hens are great foragers not good moms at first but get better with practice they will lay eggs for a few weeks then go broody
They do that over and over again. Mine kick out the bedding in the nesting boxes because they think there might be something tasty to eat in all that stuffing
so you may have to put a board or higher lip on your nesting boxes so they can't kick the stuffing out.
The chicks are great escape artists but not so great at finding there way back in.
Where i live they are a hard sell they freak people out necked neck is a dominate trait. I have lots of naked neck chicks now.
I really like them very independent avoid confrontations with other rooster or hens


Pros: Great layers of huge eggs, funny personalities, great for extreme heat

Cons: Prone to frostbite.

This unique breed is often thought to be a mix of a turkey and a chicken, but it's 100% chicken! This breed carries the gene for a naked neck. It was bred to be easier to pluck. Hens are great layers of large, light brown eggs and very calm and docile. Roosters are very protective. Both genders are very calm and docile, and I've never seen a mean-streak in a Naked-Neck chicken. They are extremely tolerant of extreme heat, because of their large, floppy combs, and their naked necks. The only drawback of having a Naked-Neck is they are prone to frostbite, especially on their large combs. I would recommend this breed to anyone who wants a great layer of huge eggs, want a calm and docile bird, and lives in a moderately cold to warm climate.


Pros: Naturally disease resistant, feed to egg ratio is the best by far.

Cons: None

I have raised this breed for 14 years, They are the best dual purpose bird in my opinion hands down. And I have tried many breeds.


They free range, withstand confinement without a problem, lay 300+ very large eggs per year, 50% of the feathers means they eat less and more goes to their egg production. They are the only known chicken to be naturally resistant to most diseases, so much so that in other Countries around the world Naked Neck's are introduced into the flocks to make them stronger. (think about that the next time you buy some imports :lau)


I live in Texas and they withstand our 115 degree days, and survive when Mother Nature pulls a fast one on us and it is below freezing. Usually in the same week.


Pros: Friendly, easy to handle

Cons: prone to frostbite, sunburn and any disease that comes its way

The Transylvanian Naked Neck (also known as the turkin) comes from the Transylvanian region of Romania. They are wonderful pets and fun to have round but they are sadly prone to every disease a chicken can get. Though they do get frostbite and sunburn I am yet to see one care. They are often picked on by others due to their bald necks but it doesn't tend to be much of a problem.

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