Naked Neck Turken Bantam Chicken
The Naked Neck Turken Bantam Chicken have to be the strangest looking chickens in the poultry world. They look like a cross between a turkey and a chicken with their completely featherless necks and faces and this was a common myth when they were introduced to this country in the 1920s when they were described as Churkeys!
The exposed skin actually turns bright red in sunlight just like that of the turkey. They originate from Hungary but it was in Germany that the breed was perfected and the lack of feathering on the neck is due to a dominant gene. They actually possess half the total number of feathers in other breeds which makes them much quicker to pluck than other table birds. They are currently very popular in the hotter Eastern countries where they are kept as table birds because they are able to withstand much hotter temperatures than other birds. They have existed as free ranging birds in France for centuries where they remain popular to this day. They are heavy birds with long, elongated bodies.
The legs are featherless and slate blue in dark feathered breeds or yellow in the paler feathered varieties with four toes on the feet. The neck is totally without feathers and this bare skin continues right up to the crop. The top of the head has feathers on and they usually have a single comb or sometimes a rose comb and large wattles. The earlobes are red and the eyes are reddish bay.
Characteristics: The Naked Neck Turken Bantam Chicken comes in many different colors, but Standard of Perfection only recognizes Buff, Red, and White. They also have 20% less body feathers then other chickens. Although they have 20% less feathers they surprisingly handle the cold very well and are great in hot weather. They are a very hardy breed. The Naked Neck Turken Bantam Chicken are poor producers of a small tented egg. They can lay between 80 to 125 eggs. They will go broody and have a wonderful disposition. They are active birds making them great forgers if you want to free range them, but they also do well in confinement. Bantam Turkens standard weight at maturity are males 1 3/4 lbs, and hens 1 1/4 lbs. Bantam Turkens are also disease resistant. They are very friendly, docile birds and make great pets as long as you can get past their necks which some people love and other hate. Also these are rare colors that I am working on so not all the chicks will hatch with naked necks.
- Standard Weights: Males – 1.75 lbs./Females – 1.25 lbs.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Tinted
- Use: A exhibition variety.
- Origin: Hungary
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
Bantams have become increasingly popular as pets as well as for show purposes because they are smaller and have more varied and exotic colors and feather patterns than other chickens.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.