Is it a turken?

Posted in 2009 May

• The April 29 Observer included a story about a chicken living at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery—a chicken looking worse for wear and roosting in a pine tree.
Ted Hutchison wrote to set us straight on the breed of bird. It was no chicken, he said, but instead it’s known as a turken. And although it appeared to be in rough condition, Ted thought it looked like a healthy specimen since turkens (also known as Transylvanian Naked Necks) have no feathers on the neck.
He sent us to the Backyard Chickens website (http://www.backyardchickens.com/breeds/turkens.html) where learned there are two breeds of turkens. Although they appear to be a cross between a chicken and a turkey, it’s not possible for a turkey and a chicken to have viable offspring, according to the website.
One additional update on the bird.… During an interview with Jeff Shadbolt about bowling, he mentioned that the Cemetery Chicken has moved a little north and is now roosting in trees at the David DiCenso and Ken Shadbolt  residences.

Note: Ken Shadbolt had allegedly stated that the neck feathers are growing back and it is, in fact, just a regular chicken.

• While on the subject of birds, we received a note and photo from Kristy Long about an owl on Greeley Street in Morenci.
Kristy’s, Kate Shaffer, was checking up on her late sister’s property and thought she was looking at a mop head in the back yard until she got a little closer. That’s when she realized it was a young owl sitting there watching her.
The Longs called the conservation service and the bird was temporarily taken away for a checkup and a meal. The owl was later brought back and placed in a nearby tree.
Kristy says they’ve now noticed that the young owl’s parent is keeping watch and occasionally feeds it.
It should develop into a beautiful three-foot great-horned owl.

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