The Naked Neck is a breed of chicken that is naturally devoid of feathers on its neck and vent. The name "Turken" arose from the mistaken idea that the bird was a hybrid of a chicken and the domestic turkey.
The trait for a naked neck is a dominant one controlled by one gene and is fairly easy to introduce into other breeds.
Despite its highly unusual appearance, the breed is not particularly known as an exhibition bird, and is a dual-purpose utility chicken. Our birds lay a great number of chalky green or jumbo blue 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.
This breed has approximately half the feathers of other chickens, making it resistant to hot weather and easier to pluck.
We are breeding from green and blue eggs only, and all birds have pea combs.
In 2016 we will be aiming for less bow tie, and more variety of colouring.
This year we have been hatching the following colours: White, Lavender, Blue, Blue Barred, Barred, and Black
2015 Breeding Cockerel
Frizzled Naked Neck - picture courtesy of one of our customers (Phalen MacLean) who bought this little girl from us as a chick.
Both coloured eggs in this dozen are from our Naked Neck girls