Have recently acquired a male and three females. Within a matter of weeks they have become fearless and friendly. Not quite used to being picked up yet, but tollerant of my 20 month old son herding them back into their house! Appear to eat anything in addition to their layers pellets and corn. Doing a good job of trimming the length of grass on the lawn.If you value your lawn these may not be the right chickens for you. May not be the most attractive of chickens to everybody, but bags of character. No eggs yet, but still young birds.
I have a breeding trio which I just purchased, and they are definitely my favourite, they are no nonsense birds, they mixed in perfectly with my other hens, and the crow of the cockeral is like a low little foghorn which is easier on the ears.. altogether excellent they are very hardy and are great to watch..
Got a rooster from someone who couldn't keep it. It's super friendly loves to be picked up and carried around. I love watching him chase the hens around but he has yet to catch one.
I had 3 hens and two Roosters. The hens were shy, layed about 5 eggs a week. Large eggs. Hens caused no problems at all, but the 2 Roosters were very vicious. I had to kick them many times and they never learned their lesson. Had to get rid of the Roosters! I recommend getting hens. They are very hardy even when it is cold.
I got myself a naked neck because the same farm that had Araucanas (what I was really after) also had these and I couldn't help myself. How friendly! They love perching so be careful if you have any high places they can get to. They love neck scratches and watching TV through the window and always come over when called. They have a high egg yield and are funny little conversation starters. I am excited. I have gotten more since then.
These birds are the springer spaniels of the chicken world. They are intelligent, active, independent and just slightly bonkers! They are wonderful fun.
They are extremely hardy, needing neither a scarf nor sun protection, and as disease resistant as you will find. They have wonderful personalities and are happy to live in a run as well as free ranging.
Being genetically lower in body fat they make a wonderful cross with a utility bird such as a sussex to get a great table bird if that is your thing.
The hens are brilliant broodies, but at the same time are easy enough to gently break from it to continue egg production. The cockerels are very gentle in nature and kind to both hens and people.
Their looks mean they are not everybodies cup of tea, but they are wonderful creatures non the less.
Last year we purchased several of these chicks at an auction (NY, US, NE), where they were being touted as Turkeys. As they grew older, it became clear they were something else--and I say that with a smile.
Here, locals call them Turkens. Those unfamiliar with them thought they were a cross between chicken and turkey. They are known as excellent meat birds. We found them friendly and gentle (with other birds and people) and they were certainly interesting to look at. We sold them when they matured, but I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a few more. Nice birds. We didn't have them long enough for me to comment accurately on egg production.
Please note in the UK the breed should be single combed-not rose combed. Naked necks are super birds, hardy, cold resistant, heat resistant, good layers, disease resistant, excellent foragers-eat less then most large fowl. Excellent broodies - the lack of belly feather makes for good skin to egg contact and they can cover good number and rear chicks well. very gentle to other birds. cockerels not aggressive. beware of crossbreds-a pure naked neck does not have a bib of feathers on its neck.