Question about naked necks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by gertler, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. gertler

    gertler Hatching

    Jun 17, 2008
    Liberty, KY
    I'm just getting started in all this so this may be a simple question.
    I just hatched out my own eggs for the first time and had eggs from my Naked necks(which were kept from hte other breeds). When they hatched some came out with feathers on thier necks! Is this normal? Should I not keep these? I also got a beautiful brown one even though they are all red.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Feathers on teh neck are not NN. But if you are sure they came from NN parents, then they should carry the gene to pass the trait along. NN adults are actually hatched with no neck feathers. Funny looking little buggers...but my fav hen, very nice birds!
  3. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Naked neck is (semi)dominant. So any chicks with not-naked necks do not have the trait at all and will never pass it to chicks. Even if both of their parents were NN- once "it's gone, always gone".

    The not-naked chicks prove that you have at least two birds that are not pure for the naked gene. This is very very common actually. Especially with backyard stock- quite a lot of people let them cross with anything and sell all naked necked birds as if they were THE breed even if they obviously have small crests or leg feathering or are otherwise obviously crosses due to color or appearence. I do see a lot of not pure for the naked neck gene in hatchery stock also though.

    With single combed birds it often is possible to tell by sight which birds are pure or not pure for the naked neck by the size of the neck patch. If this patch is large and the feathers cover up the lower front of the neck, it is not pure for the gene. Pure birds have very small patch with only a few feathers and the lower neck, chest and full crop are usually extremely visible. A lot of people will claim that only the birds with totally bare necks are the ones pure for it and anything with neck feathers are not.. this is not true. Most pure birds have a very small neck patch and will throw 100% naked necked chicks.. (I have tested and bred hundreds of naked necked birds)

    So if you want stock that breeds pure for the naked necks, just look at the chicks and you should see a difference in the neck fuzz size.. the ones pure for it will literally seem to have just one or two fuzz-feathers on the neck while the not-pure have a much larger fuzzy patch covering most of the lower front. Once you keep and breed the birds with very small neck patches, you are set for a pure breeding line. It's easy.

    It is much trickier with birds having combs other than single. Pea comb also has the effect of reducing feather numbers on a bird, a not pure naked neck with a pea comb can be quite naked(including a small neck patch) and look like she is "pure" due to her "nekidity".
  4. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Did they just have a few feathers on their neck or did they have a normal feathered neck? NNs are supposed to have a "bow-tie" on their neck which is a little cluster of feathers that is positioned towards the bottom.
  5. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    I agree with what Kev said, and the pea combed naked necks are kinda ugly. We crossed a bantam 'turken' (not pure) with a dark cornish bantam and got birds that were hard feathered and had less feathers than the normal naked necks. Before we sold our red naked neck bantams we had been hatching chicks and got feather necked, normal naked necks and homozygous naked necks (no bow tie), we sold them because we had gotten some deformities from them and didnt really care for non pure birds.

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