Banat Naked Neck Chicken

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Other common names: Banatski goloŇ°ijan; Erdeljski golosijan, Erdelj Naked neck

The basics:
The Banat Naked Neck is a very old breed of Naked Neck chicken and originates from when the Balkans were part of the Ottoman Empire. The breed is one of the first naked necks to arise in Europe. The population has been isolated for over a century and is now considered threatened.

The Banat Naked Neck is a dual use breed that is very hardy and in villages is allowed to forage outside even in the depths of winter. It is said to derive from the Erdelj Naked Neck (the Serbian for the Transylvanian Naked Neck; Erdelj being a province of Transylvania) sometime during the 1800s by crossing Transylvanian Naked Neck chickens with local chickens. It is estimated that there is a total population in Serbia of about 1500 birds, of which 100 are now on national research farms and it is from these that the modern breed standard has been developed.

Originally they were true naked neck birds, but they have been outbred with village chickens. This means that the modern standard is actually heterozygous for the naked neck trait (just like the French Cou-nu du Forez). Rather than having a true naked neck the breed is characterized by a 'bow tie' of feathers in the centre of the neck. Though accepted as a breed, the Banat Naked Neck has one naked neck gene and one normal feather gene. This means that when Banat Naked Neck roosters are mated with Banat Naked Neck hens one in four of the chicks will be normal feathered, one in four will be pure naked neck and two in four will have the Banat Naked Neck characteristics (patch of feathers on an otherwise naked neck).

Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Brown, Cuckoo, Red, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 700 - 800 grams
Largefowl: 2 - 3 kg
Personality: Will tame with regular interaction
Broody: Yes, excellent mother
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large

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