WHY I KEEP NECKED NECK CHICKEN - FARMERCIST 254

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

WHY I KEEP NECKED NECK CHICKEN

For a long time the necked neck chicken has been one of the most misunderstood chicken. Some people claim that it's a crossbreed of Turkey and chicken, thus the name turken, but this is far from the truth. And for a long time most Kenyan communities have associated this chicken with misfortunes...however the bird has gained so much popularity of late.

Personally, I considered turken just a year ago. I have since realized that turken is one of the birds that every farmer should consider keeping.

I love this bird, first because of its beauty...it's beautifully unique, with the ability to change the color of their back and gave get when it's hot and turning yellow when the temperatures go down.

The bird is also very hardy; against diseases and extreme weather conditions. Many are the times when my birds have been attacked by various infections, and in most of these occasions my turkens have not been affected.

In addition, turkens have a relatively high productivity rate...for both eggs and meat. Their dual purpose nature has made them so admirable to many bird lovers. Moreover, they lay for longer days before becoming broody, unlike the other indigenous East African breeds. And their big brown eggs fetch so much in the market.

Their mothering ability is also very remarkable, as they tend to have closer ties with their chicks thereby taking care of them for even longer periods.

And in the recent past there has been a growing love for Turken, thereby making farmers to fetch more from this gold mine.

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