Naked Neck-turken

Average User Rating:
  • 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 Naked Neck is a breed of chicken that is naturally devoid of feathers on its neck and vent. The breed is also called the Transylvanian Naked Neck, as well as the Turken. Originally from Transylvania and was largely developed in Germany. The name "Turken" arose from the mistaken idea that the bird was a hybrid of a chicken and the domestic turkey. Naked Necks are fairly common in Europe today, but are rare in North America and very common in South America. The trait for a naked neck is a dominant one controlled by one gene and is fairly easy to introduce into other breeds, however these are hybrids rather than true Naked Necks, which is a breed recognized by the American Poultry Association since 1965, it was introduced in Britain in the 1920s. There are other breeds of naked necked chicken, such as the French naked neck, which is often confused with the Transylvanian, and the naked necked gamefowl.

    Despite its highly unusual appearance, the breed is not particularly known as an exhibition bird, and is a dual-purpose utility chicken. They lay a respectable number of light brown eggs, and are considered desirable for meat production because they need less plucking and they have a meaty body. They are very good foragers and are immune to most diseases. The breed is also reasonably cold hardy despite its lack of feathers. Naked Neck roosters carry a single comb, and the neck and head often become very bright red from increased sun exposure. This breed has approximately half the feathers of other chickens, making it resistant to hot weather and easier to pluck.

    Turken chick

    Turken juvenile

    Turken hen

    Turken rooster
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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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. cowgirlaug39
    "Naked Necks"
    Pros - Smart, lays large eggs
    Cons - None besides mine are to smart! They are the only ones to escape there coop!
    Very smart chickens! Lay pretty well, beautiful eggs! Friendly also! Love to free range!
    BlackHackle likes this.
  2. ForrestGump
    "All around bird, great for everything!"
    Pros - Hardy, good layers, big birds, good for meat production, very vigorous, entertaining
    Cons - Can be aggressive towards other birds.
    My first naked neck arrived by accident via hatching eggs I bought. Since then I've been breeding and crossing NN chickens for several years. They are great layers, good for meat production, excellent in all types of weather from hot and humid to cold and windy. They can be crossed with other breeds to produce different characteristics. My flock consists of green, blue and olive egg laying NNs that have Ameraucana and legbar parentage. I also have a line of Black copper Marans naked necks that lay chocolate brown eggs.

    My oldest hens are three years old and still laying strong. Because they are so large and rugged, they can tend to pick on other chickens, especially if they are in a flock with several of their NN sisters.

    Overall they are friendly and curious birds. They are experts at free ranging. I'm not sure how they would do confined to a small coop. Mine prefer to be out all day in the yard or in the run. blue turkens (7).JPG blue turkens (7).JPG many turkens (5).JPG many turkens (23).JPG Mohawk (17).JPG Mohawk (38).JPG
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    Purchase Date:
    July 2014
    BlackHackle and cactusrota like this.
  3. ChickenGirl555
    "Sweet bird...But very shy"
    Pros - Very cold tolerant
    Cons - Was very scared of people and flock mates. Didn't do well with chickens that were older than it.
    I had a Turken cockerel and he was the sweetest thing. I got him and a faverolle mix as chicks. I introduced them to my flock of 6 pullets once they were fully feathered, and even when the lead pullet was nice to him (and his faverolle sister), he hated it.

    Also, no matter how many hours I put in to patiently waiting, sitting, with a handful of food or mealworms, he would not come to me. He just wanted to be alone with his sister all the time. (Except for when he matured and mated with everybody! :rolleyes:)

    But then again, he came from a rough life as a chick. He was poked and prodded. So I'm giving 3 stars for my experience. And I bet if he wasn't so beat up as a chick, he would be amazing. (Also even if he was sweet, he was a boy and we didn't want a turken boy. But if he was sweeter, we may have kept him as our flock rooster.)

User Comments

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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!!
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  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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