Breed Profile: Naked Neck

by Backyard Chicken Coops March 21, 2014


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.


  • Class: Transylvania, Romania
  • Size: 2.5 - 3.7kg
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Purpose: Egg Layers
  • Recognized color varieties include: black, white, cuckoo, buff, red, and blue in the United Kingdom and Black, White, Buff, and Red in the United States


  • · Medium size, light brown eggs
  • · 120-150 Eggs Annually


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.


  • Hardy in Winter: No
  • Especially Docile: Yes
  • Personality: They are happy to free range or be confined in runs and are not known as being particularly good fliers. They are easy to tame and are very placid, calm birds.

Want to know more? Have a sticky beak at our 5 reasons to love Naked Necks here!

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