- 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.
- Average User Rating:
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown
Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet
Breed Colors / Varieties:
White, Black, Blue, Buff, Silver, and Red.
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
"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.
"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! )
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.)