Transylvanian Naked necks are a breed of chicken that always provoke a reaction either fascinated delight or utter revulsion but never are ignored. This site is to provide a little more info on this very old traditional breed.
There are a lot of myths about them, some early examples were promoted as a cross between a chicken and a turkey! (NOT possible!) Some folk still call them Turkens today because of this.
Others believed the birds were the result of a hen that had been badly scalded going on to produce chicks that carried her injury.
The truth of the matter was the naked neck was a natural variation that occurred hundreds of years ago and the birds that bore this naked neck proved to do very well as a utility bird, they did very well in the baking hot summers and also coped well with the freezing cold winters. They were not bred or kept for showing at that time -they were kept because they were good useful utility chickens that laid well and thrived in harsh conditions.
Today the Transylvanian naked neck is still very much a utility chicken but it is to a good show bird for the exhibitor with its flashy looks drawing attention where ever they are shown.
As a utility bird the naked necks in both large and bantam are good layers that are economical to feed not being a greedy bird and being very good foragers. Despite their exposed necks the breed does not suffer through sunburn under normal conditions - although they do love to sunbathe!- and are winter hardy in the UK.
As a utility table bird the breed also does well as it carries less abdominal fat then most breeds so either as a pure bred or a first generation cross they can make a quality table bird that is easy and quick to prepare due to the sparse feathering
the large fowl make superb keen broodies and happily rear both chicks and ducklings well, both large and bantam are generally very healthy birds that seem fairly disease resistant and are good natured with each other, it is also rare to have a human aggressive tnn cock bird. The little bantam Tnn make remarkably good pets being extremely friendly and tame by nature.
TNN are a rare breed, crossbreds are not uncommon but pure naked neck stock can be hard to find although growing in popularity each year as their unusual looks and many unusual positive virtues become better known.
Sadly I do not have the space tokeep all the colours and sizes Tnn come in so I just keep a few black bantam Tnn as pets . I have in past kept others and the photos on this site are all my own photos (unless otherwise stated) and I would ask you not to copy them elsewhere please and they are copyright protected!