Sometimes called Naked Necks (NN) or Transylvanian Naked Neck, as it was developed in Turkey. They are perhaps one of the oddest looking chicken breeds of all time. The name Turken was given to this breed with the misconception that they were cross bred with turkey. Naked Necks were recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1965.
These birds are naturally depleted of feathers on their necks. Contrary to popular belief, Turken are prominently a dual purpose utility bird and not a bird bred for exhibition. In fact, the naked feather gene was bred to make feather removal easier during processing.
Turken come in a variety of colors but only black, white, buff and red are accepted in the U.S. Here at The Chick Depot we offer a larger variety of Turken colors. They are sold in assortments only. Turkens have a medium, meaty build and a larger single comb. They are sweet and over all quite birds. They do well in confinement but will also love to free range. They are an overall healthy breed of chicken and to many peoples’ surprise a rather winter hardy breed! Their featherless necks and large combs make them perfect candidates for areas with a high heat index. Turken will go broody and make very loving, wonderful mothers.
Hens will lay 104 medium brown to cream colored eggs a year.
Cocks weigh 8.5 pounds.
Hens will weigh around 6.5 pounds.