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Naked Neck

The free-range bird; robust to disease and reared for both eggs and meat

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Naked Neck

The Naked Neck is a breed of chicken that is naturally devoid of feathers on its neck and vent. They have existed as free ranging birds for centuries. Naked Neck chickens are popular in hotter tropical countries because they are better able than other birds to withstand high temperatures and maintain their performance. Traditionally they are heavier and meatier birds, and are particularly popular in France – the home of fine cooking. 

Aviagen has been developing a commercial line of Naked Neck birds for the past fifteen years. They are doing this by crossing broiler lines with Naked Neck lines in order to combine good broiler characteristics with the Naked Neck’s superior heat tolerance. 

Benefits of Naked Neck

  • It is extremely heat tolerant both as breeder and broiler.
  • It is easy to manage, with reduced litter maintenance in typical floor systems.
  • It is suited to open house and cage floor systems.
  • There is better resistance to typical intestinal and respiratory health challenges.
  • There are aadvantages in growth rate, feed conversion and liveability in hot weather conditions.
  • The reduced feather cover results in a higher percentage carcass yield.
  • The “country bird” looks appeal to local consumers as something special.
  • The thin skin crisps rapidly during cooking and is consequently favoured by chefs.
  • This is an instantly recognizable product – different from anything else on the market today.

India was the most obvious place to launch the new Aviagen® Naked Neck line, as ambient temperatures can reach 50 degrees C, with humidity as high as 98%. Consequently, many poultry houses in India are open-sided. 

A breeder package for Tanzania 

Combine the Naked Neck Male with Aviagen Female and enjoy the benefits made for Tanzanian farmers. 

Interchick layers feeding in the breeder farm

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