Chicken Breeds Why Naked Necks Are Perfect For Your Backyard Flock

By mamawolf544 · Nov 11, 2012 · Updated Nov 12, 2012 · ·
  1. mamawolf544

    2 Naked Neck chicks, aren't they adorable?

    'Chicken Breeds-Why Naked Neck's are perfect for your backyard flock'

    Naked Neck's or Turken's as they are called are the perfect addition to any backyard flock, they are a conversation starter, lay beautiful eggs for your breakfast, are easy to dress, they cost less to manage and look great on your table for dinner.

    Now some people think they are the ugliest bird around, and some people think that they are a cross between a chicken and a turkey. Impossible. And some people like me know that they are a beautiful addition to any farm.

    The Naked Neck was believed to be first found in the early 1800's in Malaysia, the breed we see in North America was developed in Europe, and they called the breed Transylvanian Naked Necks. The gene that produces the Naked Neck trait is called "Na" and if a Naked Neck is bred to any other breed of chicken that gene will be dominant. The APA admitted them in 1965 in Red, White, Buff and Black.

    Now why I think they are perfect for your farm. Number one they are as cute and sweet as they can be. But they have 20 to 60% less feathers. What does this mean exactly? It means they have a better feed to egg conversion. They require less feed to make your breakfast than other breeds. And why you may ask? Because so much feed is used to produce feathers. And they are egg laying machines, laying large tan eggs. They are suppose to lay around a 180 eggs a year but mine lay 300 a year without artificial light.

    I keep all my breeding stock in open heavy duty wire cages, they all have a half roof on them for shade and to protect them from the rain, at their roost they have a strip of tarp for a wind and or sun break, I live in Texas, so with that being said and all that I have read Naked Necks can withstand high temperatures, it will be 117 in the shade here and very cold tempatures, with wind chills recorded below zero without any problems. And I have yet to lose a Naked Neck to the weather. But I think one of the most fascinating facts about the Naked Neck's are that a field trial was performed from the American Agricultural Experiment Station from 1900 to the 1930's and the results showed that the Naked Necks were highly immune to most chicken diseases from that time. I have owned Turken's for many years and I have never had one get sick on me, I also live in Texas and I have never lost one to the heat of the summer.

    They will free range with out any problems, they are not flighty, good foragers and they will stay in a breeder pen without a ruckus. They will go broody if you let them, and are very good Mother's.

    Personally I think they are the best dual purpose bird around. The rooster's will weigh 8.5 pounds and the hen's 6.5 pounds. They have less feather's so they are so much easier to dress, and they dont have feather follicles under the skin where the have no feather's. They have a beautiful carcass.


    This a picture of my Brood rooster. He is my favorite, as you can see he has no feathers or pin feathers on his neck. They should have a medium sized single comb with 5 points, medium size wattles and medium size earlobes all in bright red.


    This is one of the brood hen's. She also has no feathers on her neck. That is the only bird's that I personally breed from. They have to have a complete naked neck or have a very small bow tie. Which is 2 feathers coming out of each side and it looks just like a tie. The hen should have the same comb, wattles and earlobes as the male.

    If you have never owned a Naked Neck, why don't you try a couple for your backyard flock. I think you will be amazed at how nice of a bird they are. And you will fall in love with their beauty just like I have.

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  1. mychickenbrood
    Blue? I didn't know they come in blue. Do you sell them? Do you ship? Do you live in California by chance? If so, do you vaccinate for Mereck's? I don't think I spelled that right, sorry.
  2. mamawolf544
    Thank you I have raised them for years, and I have about 25 or so blue chicks right now and they are looking so good.
  3. mychickenbrood
    Thanks for the information, and such a quick reply! I am going to get some. Am going to a chicken show on the 16th of this month. Maybe I will be able to buy some then. Maybe a trio. :) Good luck on your baby chickies.
  4. mamawolf544
    No they do not get picked on. They are a very calm breed, my breeder's are penned but I have plenty that run around with all the other birds, ducks, geese, guineas and they are never bothered. And the roos are huge and never aggressive. They are a fascinating breed.
  5. mychickenbrood
    Hi. I am researching this breed and so appreciate the comments. My question is, do other chickens peck at their necks more than other breeds? I know chickens may peck at each other regardless of breed, but because the naked neck is, well, naked, do they get pecked at more?
  6. featherz
    My naked necks do great in the cold weather - upstate NY! =)
  7. mamawolf544
    Thank you so much!!! The first batch is Dec 7th which just happens to be my birthday. LOL
    And I will post pics. :)
  8. Suzie
    That is so wonderful to read.... now you MUST provide us with photographs when the hatchlings appear! When are they due???
  9. mamawolf544
    I love mine too. I have 2 set's in the incubator right now. :) I haven't hatched any in a year so I am pretty excited!!!
  10. Suzie
    Their looks are an acquired taste - I adore mine - they are wonderful birds, huge personalities and their facial expressions are amazing - when I purchased mine I stupidly thought they had been pecked by others in the neck area..... their "wig/toupe" reminds me of balding gentlemen who do not accept their hair loss gracefully...... :)
  11. mamawolf544
    Who knew the fight would be over the temperature, and not their looks. :)
  12. Suzie
    I have to disagree with the comment about the naked neck not being able to withstand cold temperatures - the naked neck chicken is prevalent in Russia and eastern Europe and is known as a very hardy breed despite the lack of feathers - we have them here in France and they are well disposed to a very cold climate her - all survive despite inclement conditions.
  13. mamawolf544
    Thank you for your response. But I'm from the south and anything under zero I consider frigid weather...LOL It should say cool and I will fix that right now. :)
  14. CochinBrahmaLover
    Otherwise good article
  15. CochinBrahmaLover
    Turkens can't really withstand cold tempatures... Anything under 0 is their limit because of the neck and large comb
  16. Whittni
    I would love one, but preferably a bantam.

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