Transylvanian Naked Necks
The Transylvanian Naked Neck has an evocative name and an arresting apprearance. It is the bird's neck and head that is drawing the eye. You either love it or hate it.
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.
Originally from Central Europe, it originated in Hungary and was largely developed in Germany. The name "Turken" arose from the mistaken idea that the bird was a hybrid of a chicken and the domestic turkey.
Naked Necks are fairly common in Europe today, but are rare in North America. The trait for a naked neck is a dominant one controlled by one gene.
This is fairly easy to introduce into other breeds, however these are hybrids rather than true Naked Necks.
The breed is recognised by the American Poultry Association since 1965 and it was introduced in the Britain in the 1920s.
There are other breeds of naked necked chicken, such as the french naked neck, which is often confused with the Transylvanian, and the naked necked gamefowl.