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Day Old Naked Neck Baby Chicks

Hatching February to July.

The Turken chicks that we sell are mixed colors. You may not choose the color of the chicks.

Turkens, also known as Naked Necks, are truly unusual and unique. While these birds may not fit the "ideal chicken" image in your mind, there are many advantages to raising them: efficiency, temperament, meat, and eggs.

Production: Turkens are known to be good brown egg layers. One of several reasons people like these unusual-looking chickens is that they grow to a nice table weight and there are 20-40% fewer feathers to pluck.

Temperament: Owners of Turkens say they are among the friendliest and calmest chickens.

History: As with many old breeds, the origins of Turkens are murky. Various sources say they originated in Romania, Hungary, and Transylvania. Regardless of where they first appeared, they became popular in the early 1900s, and were raised by flock keepers in Europe and the United States.

The name Turken comes from a mistake: at one time people incorrectly thought the chicken was actually the result of a turkey and chicken breeding. In fact, the lack of feathers on the neck is the result of a gene. The gene is a dominant one, so Turken hybrids also lack neck feathers.

Another appealing quality of Turkens is that they seem to be immune to many common chicken diseases. They are remarkably hardy.

The exposed skin on their necks turns bright red in the sun, but when not exposed to the sun it remains pink or yellow. The rest of their skin is yellow.

The American Poultry Association recognized the Turken in 1965 in four colors: Red, White, Black, and Buff, though several other colors are associated with the breed.

Status: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Conservation Status: The ALBC currently lists the Turken under Study.

Body Type: Fairly standard shape for a chicken raised mostly for meat production, with a broad back, and generally rather large.

Standard Weights: Rooster 8.5 lbs, Hen 6.5 lbs, Cockerel 7.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs

Classification: American Poultry Association Class: All Other Standard Breeds


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