- Turken "Naked Neck" Chicken
Originally called "Naked Neck" chickens, they were first bred in Eastern Hungary. Many believed that they were a cross between a chicken and the domesticated turkey, but this is not the case. The "Naked Neck" was a characteristic bred into the chicken to make it easier to pluck for meat and to tolerate the heat better. The Turken "Naked Neck" chicken is noted for its size and laying ability and come in different colors. They take confinement well and are quite gentle. A number of the color varieties were admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1965. We do not offer any specific color variety of this breed. Noted feature is their turkey like neck appearance. When breeding and hatching Turken only about 90% come naked necked and 10% come with feathers on their neck. We only ship you the naked neck chicks, however they will also have offspring if bred pure that will be 10% feather necked.
We also offer at limited times of the year Turken Naked Neck Fettile Hatching Eggs
Availability Table coming soon. In the meantime, check out the Master Availability Table
PLEASE NOTE: Availability chart is updated weekly and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
In the checkout process, please indicate in the comment section your desired hatch/ship date with desired month or ASAP.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Miscellaneous Class
- Weights: Hen -------6 1/2 lbs Rooster----8 1/2 lb
- Pullet-------5 1/2 lbs Cockerel---7 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Light Brown
- Egg Production: 180-240 eggs per year. (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Medium-Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
- Fertility Percentage: 55-70%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: Eastern Hungary
- APA: No
- ALBC: Not Listed
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of production type Turken "Naked Neck" since 1971.
Thanks Review by Kito
So my wife bought us 5 Turken (Naked neck) girls. Cackle sent one more and the 6 arrived vivacious and in good health. The package they were in was the best I've ever seen with some kind of brick to keep the chicks warm and a few green cotton balls probably soaked with some water and what I suppose was electrolytes in liquid. The box seemed to be a nest and the chicks seem to have had a very comfortable trip. I am very impressed. Thank you for the excellent job and those beautiful little chickens. (Posted on 5/29/2019)
Super friendly chickens! Review by Kat
I love these birds. I got 16 of them and I absolutely am in love with them. I have a 2 year old daughter so likes to chase and grab them and they have not ever attacked her. They are very friendly and fun to watch. When they arrived they were all alive and healthy. The roosters sometimes go at it with one another but they don’t really attack each other they just raise their necks and flap their wings. Overall a very docile breed and highly recommended! (Posted on 5/7/2019)
Love Cackle's Turkens Review by Shellie, Nebraska
Ordered some 3/11/19, and received Beautiful colors. Thank you Cackle :)! (Posted on 3/26/2019)
Love these birds Review by Alopez
Love these turkens, we Sadly lost our rooster aka mad max, but we will for sure get another one through crackle hatchery I am a current customer and will be for a long time thank you again, keep the great work. God. Bless (Posted on 8/23/2018)
Turken Chicks Review by Muffman
I ordered 26 Turken chicks. All arrived in good health and 2 months later all are still alive and growing off very well. Will order from Cackle Hatchery again. Thanks for the nice baby chicks. (Posted on 6/25/2017)
i think they're CUTE!!! Review by taylor
once you get past the weird, they're so ugly they're actually cute! i personally think they're attractive little things. sorta like cute little mini- vultures. it was such a joy to watch them grow up starting as happy & healthy bald-necked fuzz-balls and grow into both playful and sweet little yearlings. i dont think they've gotten any less cuter. but then again, being able to see a bird's crop doesn't really both me. they are really docile. they seem to get along with the rest of the flock, and come right up to me & say hello every now and then, and really do seem to enjoy their backyard free range fence! these guys never think up of an idea to escape, if anything it's my leghorn that tries to find greater grasses. also, they are some of my faster chickens; they seem to have pretty quick reflexes for predators. (Posted on 6/24/2017)
Very satisfied Review by Order fulfilled
Very nice place to deal with and very honest would recommend this company to everyone and probably going to get more (Posted on 4/8/2017)
nice chickens Review by gramma grace
I did order my chicks as I said I would in a previous review. And was happy with them. Lost nary a one.
The roosters in this bunch were not a gang that attached all other roosters. I am keeping one and several hens. They are friendly birds. Almost to much sometimes. If you want pet hens these are great. But still they do not have the breast on them like the ones from in the 70s
(Posted on 2/17/2017)
Wonderful, sweet-natured, friendly bird Review by softballgrammy
Such a sweet bird. I originally didn't want to have one of these "ugly birds" when my co-worker ordered them for us. Now I think I will probably always have at least one of these in my flock. She has become my favorite. She always comes to me when I go outside and she is the first to follow me to the shed that is currently the chicken coop. I choose this one out of the ones we got because she looked like she had a bad eye liner job. We will always order our chicks from Cackle Hatchery. (Posted on 8/18/2016)
there cool Review by jaw
there cool (Posted on 5/11/2016)
Love my turkens! Review by Julie, North Carolina
I am very pleased with my chicks. When I placed my order, I was bummed out, but understanding that the next available order wasn't until a month later. But to my surprise, within 2 hours of placing my order, a customer service rep called me and informed me that they had enough from a hatch on that day, to ship my order immediately if I wanted them to do so. Of course I said yes! I ordered 50, and only 50 were shipped. (No extras) All but one was very lively and ready to eat and drink. One was sluggish and died that day, and another died the next day. But 2 deaths out of 50 are still great odds considering the long mail trip to NC, and I will not complain. They are now 3 weeks old and growing fast. Still healthy and full of energy. I love this breed. They are very reliable egg layers and good for eating. I cant wait to see how many of my survivors are hens for eggs, and how many are roosters and will make it to the dumplin & stew pots. (Posted on 5/10/2016)
Love turkens Review by Dfreeman
2016 every chick accounted for live em thanks.... Btw my cats loved a few of them too ordering a few more soon... Maybe I'll just stop in.. (Posted on 4/19/2016)
I love my Turkens Review by Brian
I am very happy with my Turkens I received. Happy, healthy, various colors. They are some of friendliest chickens I own. I was concerned if I could get over their appearance.
But their personality more than makes up for their face only a mother could love. I am looking for a good dual purpose bird. If they are as good layers as advertised. I think I have a winner. For pluck ability if nothing else. (Posted on 4/18/2016)
wounderful chickens Review by Glory
Stepped out of my comfort zone last May and ordered 3 different breeds this being one,now that my hens are older and laying I wanted to write I was iffy about getting Turkens at first but so glad I did they are the most friendly and they lay beautiful eggs some lay a pretty pink to a ceramist white they are beautiful, the black ones remind me of a lady who have a fur coat on with a fancy feather hat on. They also have a nice weight to them also, not a disappointment at all. (Posted on 2/24/2016)
love these birds. Review by gramma grace
I first raised turkeys back in the 70s. Loved them. Nice large breasts and gentle chickens.
I once again was in a place I could have chickens in the 90s once again I was very happy with my birds. Life changes but 2 years ago I once again got turkens. Not happy with them. They are not the large breasted birds I had before and the roosters were vicious. I kept the hens but butchered the males. They did not attack people but a gang of five roosters would attack another rooster.
They sure tasted good.
But alas I want my turkens so going to try again from a different hatchery and hope they are more like my Turkens of old. Will be ordering from Cackle this time. (Posted on 2/21/2016)
Healthy Chicks Arrived Review by Sheryl Pennsylvania August 2009
Just wanted to say "thanks" for sending such vigorous and healthy chicks. I'm a new customer to your hatchery and I'm very pleased. I will be ordering from you again! (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Michael, Florida March 2012
I just wanted to let you know that the Turken Naked Necks chicks arrived standing and alive this morning. It seems as if the total trip for them was about 36 hours. None have died and they appear to be healthy. I will not hesitate to order from you again. Thanks again (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Thank You! Review by Gloria, Massachusetts May 2015
I just wanted to say thank you, to whoever picked out my chicks did a fantastic job. Each Turken had different coloring and markings and all the others I received are beautiful colors too. They are so healthy looking too fluffy/chubby little chicks. This is my first time with these breeds look forward to watching them grow. (Posted on 11/9/2015)