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Turken - Naked Neck (Heritage)

  • A majority of our chicks will look like this Black Naked Neck.
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Chicken Facts:

Poultry Show Class: German Class
Weights: Hens 8 lbs, Roosters 10 lbs, Pullets 7 lbs, Cockerel 8 1/2 lbs
Purpose: Dual Purpose (Eggs & Meat)
Egg Shell Color: Brown Egg
Production: Very Good: 200 - 280 eggs per year
Country of Origin: Germany
APA:     Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in Buff, Red, Black, and White
ALBC: Recovering Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
BREEDER: Pritchett's Small Pets

Our Breeding Strategy for our Turkens
Our Turkens are bred for egg production first, and then for type and color. They are not guaranteed to be show winners but they will be egg laying machines. Our breeders are culled beginning at the day of hatch. After the chicks grow up we keep looking for undesirable traits and culling hard. We breed them the same way every year and use the Spiral Breeding Method to ensure we get the best quality and best production from our birds. Our hens are single mated or monitored by trap nests, all data is logged into our poultry breeding management software and we keep strict records using ZooEasy Standalone so that we can keep the strongest and healthiest hens that produce the most eggs as possible. We do not try to breed the broodiness out of our hens as this trait is something we encourage because mother nature can always do things better than an incubator.

Naked Neck Gene

The Naked Neck Gene is represented by the letters Na. If a chick is born with 2 copies of the Naked Neck gene which means he received a gene from his mother and his father, it would be heomozygous. If only one parent passes the Naked Neck gene to the offspring the chick is Heterozygous for the Naked Neck gene. A Homozygous bird (carrying two copies of the naked neck gene represented as NaNa), bred to a Heterozygous (Carrying only 1 copy of the naked neck gene represented as Na/na+) would make 100% Naked Neck chicks.

If it is pure for NN(naked neck) then this bird crossed with non-naked neck will produce 100% naked necks.

If it is not pure for NN then this bird crossed with non naked neck will produce 50% naked neck, 50% non-naked neck.

Not pure NN x not pure NN will throw 75% NN chicks.. so if only 10 chicks were hatched, it could be by pure chance that all 10 were NN. But if you hatch 20 or more, the chances of a not NN showing up is much stronger.

Pure NN x not pure NN will throw 100% NN chicks.

Naked Neck x Regular Feathered Neck = 50% Chicks Naked Neck (Heterozygous), and 50% Chicks Regular Feathered Neck

If you are breeding for only naked necks and non-naked neck chicks hatch, sell them as backyard egg layers. They are no use to a breeding program as they do not carry the naked neck gene. If they are carrying the gene, it shows. If they aren't carrying the gene, you get regular chicks.

If your rooster either has a totally bare neck or has a tiny bow tie with only few feathers, you might expect to get 100% naked necked chicks. If he has a large clump (big bow tie) with the feathers covering "a good bit" of the neck, he's probably not pure.. expect 50% naked necked chicks.

To keep Naked Necks close to the APA Standard, outcrosses must be made. If you keep a feather necked rooster and hen that you like the quality of, some of the hatches of Naked Necks will go up to about a 75/25 Split.

The naked neck trait which this breed is controlled by an incompletely dominant allele (Na) located near the middle of Chromosome 3 Since this allele is dominant individuals which are either homozygous dominant (Na/Na) or heterozygous (Na/na+) will exhibit the naked neck characteristic though the heterozygous individual will exhibit less reduction in feathering - true breeding members of the breed must then be homozygous dominant, and all individuals in the recognized breed must be also. Individuals which are homozygous recessive (or wild type feathered) (na+/na+) would not exhibit any feather reduction characteristics of the Naked Necks and, baring mutation, would be unable to pass that trait down.

Scientific studies have indicated that the naked neck gene (Na) improves breast size and reduces heat stress in chickens of non-broiler breeds which are homozygous for the trait. Additionally, in tropical climates if the naked neck trait (Na) is breed into broiler strains it has been shown to facilitate lower body temperature, increased body weight gain, better Feed conversion ratios and carcass traits compared to normally feathered broilers.



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