Naked Neck-turken

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White, Black, Blue, Buff, Silver, and Red.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. ThenNotSoChickenMaster
    "Awesome birds! But...."
    Pros - Great for any climate, both cold and hot. They are the perfect chickens for almost anyone! They can be raised for both eggs and meat.
    Cons - They eat alot!
    Don't underestimate the messing feathers from their neck. They can withstand the bitter winters of negative digits (Fahrenheit) and surpass the hot intense summer heat of 100F+. They lay fairly well, about 4-6 eggs a week, and can be raised for meat.

    The only thing I dislike of this breed is they eat alot!!
  2. Bluechick2u
    "Laid eggs all winter even below 0"
    Pros - egg laying machines even below freezing, cold and heat tolerant, very friendly yet self sufficient
    Cons - None observed
    These are the best chickens I've ever had, laid eggs all winter when no other breeds were laying, they keept the feed store supplied with eggs all by themselves, they had to be forced to go into the coop in below zero temps as they still wanted to hang out in the snow with their necks tucked under their feathers, and in heat they just extend their naked neck out and cool down. They are like little feathered dogs, very happy to sweetly follow you around or come see what treats you have for them. Roosters have alot of personality and are very protective of the hens, don't seem to run the hens ragged with breeding but still cover them nicely. If I had to choose only 1 breed, this would be it hands down.
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  3. DesertChic
    "A perfect dual-purpose chicken with a fun,..."
    Pros - Outstanding meat and egg production all year round; fun & friendly personalities; exceptionally hardy and healthy.
    Cons - I haven't found any.

    If ever I had to restrict myself to a single breed to meat all of my meat, egg and "chicken therapy" needs, this would be the one. Not only are my NNs prolific layers of large to jumbo sized eggs all year round, but they also provide the most delicious meat and are far easier and faster to process than other breeds. They're wonderfully intelligent and feed efficient birds with an abundance of personality. And when it comes to health and hardiness, this breed cannot be beat. Our excessive Arizona summers barely faze them, and while our winters don't get exceptionally cold like other parts of the country do, my NNs have handled freezing temperatures with no signs of discomfort or distress.

    The chicks are amazingly hardy and feather out much more quickly than most other fully feathered breeds. Many of my chicks begin roosting on the edge of the brooder by 1 1/2 weeks and are very smart and active. Like most other breeds, however, they still go through an awkward, flighty stage beginning around 3 weeks and lasting until roughly 6 weeks of age. After that they become surprisingly friendly and confident.


    Most of my roosters are friendly without being particularly affectionate with the exception of one boy who anxiously waits for me to come outside and sit down so he can jump up on my lap to be pet, but the minute he thinks something may be threatening his girls he's off at a run to protect them. My roosters have also become very adept at distinguishing annoyances like crows from predatory hawks and sound the alarm loud and clear and herd the hens to safety. All of my roosters (I've hatched nearly 3 dozen of them now) have been amazingly attentive to their hens and I've only ever had one rooster that was aggressive. (He was delicious roasted in wine.)


    All of my hens have been exceptionally sweet and friendly and it's not uncommon for them to perch on my lap, sometimes several at once, to be pet or just spend time with me. During a bad week I may only get 4 large eggs from one of my hens, but that's a rare occurrence with the majority of my girls giving me 6 huge eggs per week. In fact, my best laying NN only took a break from laying when she molted so heavily as to be completely bald and needed to grow the feathers back. She took 3 weeks off and went right back to giving me jumbo-sized green eggs six days per week, and she's 2 years old.


    As you can see from the photo of one of my roosters, you can create amazing color and feather patterns by crossing various breeds with "pure" Naked Neck Turkens. I personally keep three separate lines of NNs. One is my pure line of NNs that I'm working at reaching APA standard with. These birds, so far, tend to run fairly small, but have proven to be exceptionally feed efficient and the little hens lay amazingly large eggs for their size, averaging 5-6 per week each. Although their bodies are smaller than my crosses, their builds have all be very compact and meaty, both hens and roosters alike.


    My second line is comprised of my "meat bird" project and I'm working at increasing mass and musculature along with more rapid growth for earlier processing. So far my best hen has weighed in at nearly 8 lbs and my best rooster just over 10. In spite of their larger, meatier bodies, my "meat NN hens" are still giving me just as many large+ eggs per week as my pure line.


    And finally my third line, which is a combination of my best egg layers and prettiest feathered birds. This is my "fun" group comprised of NN hybrids to give me both pretty plumage and an abundance of colored eggs, including blue, green, olive green, every shade of tan through brown, and pink. This group also tends to contain some of my broodier hens.



    Turkens really are an exceptional breed and I highly recommend that every family farm and homestead have at least a few. [​IMG]

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  1. Snow Flamingo
    Hello, Love your post on the Naked Necks!!!! Thank you for the info and such wonderful photos!!!!!
  2. biophiliac
    Well written, well illustrated and so enjoyable to read. Thank you!!
  3. Turk Raphael
    Excellent Review!
  4. draye
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  5. hellbender
    Excellent review.
  6. nevergiveup
    Hey Hellbender, I'm in Spain ! I'm guessing you're in the US of A ?? Anyway, I am struggling with my breeding program and I'm not impressed with the lack of naked necks in my chicks ! Hmmmm, back to the drawing board.
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  8. hellbender
    I am a BIG fan of the Naked Neck chickens and I would love to see some of your birds...Doesn't matter what they'r crossed with....if they produce 300 eggs yearly, I'll buy every NN you have and at a Super-Premium price!!!
  9. AtropineCaffein
    ReiMiraa, I am new here....did you try your experiment yet? If so, how did it go?
  10. fluffychooks
    oMyGoSh ThEy ArE sOoO fLuFfY

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