Naked Neck chickens, that is. What did you think I was talking about?
I have wanted Naked Necks for a long time. I’ve tried a few times before to add them to our flock with hatching eggs, but it never worked out. Finally, we have Naked Necks! Eight of them, in fact 🙂
They hatched out last weekend, and I’ve been meaning to post about them for days now. Let’s just say, it was a rough week, plus I pulled a muscle in my back (yikes, does it hurt!). But now, I’m finally getting around to it.
Aren’t they adorable?
If you’re not familiar with the breed, they originated in Europe and are bred to have less than half the number of feathers possessed by other breeds of the same size. They lay brown eggs and deal well with heat (which, of course, makes them perfect for our climate).
When I showed them to Grandma, she exclaimed, “What’s wrong with them?” It took me forever to convince her that they’re supposed to look like that. I don’t think she’s too crazy about our new birds, but I love them 🙂
We also had Cream Legbars to hatch at the same time, and a few days later, Silkies. The Legbars are a great addition to our flock (you know how much I love those auto sexing breeds), and who doesn’t love a Silkie?
Very soon, it’ll be time to unplug the incubators and take a break for winter, and that will mean no new chicks til next year. Unless, of course, I decide to try hatching emu eggs again. Hmm, now, there’s a thought 😉