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Will turkeys fertilize a chicken if female turkey isn't available.

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I have 1 Tom turkey and no females. I do have 28 chickens, 23 hens and 3 roosters. I went out today and my turkey was acting odd. All hunched down and shaking. He did come or gobble like usual when I go out. I went in and gathered eggs and fed them. I came back out and it looked like a hen had just gotten out from under the turkey. So my question is. Will a Tom turkey fertilize a chicken and if so would it be a able to be hatched? What concerns should I have? Eggs too large for chicken to lay?
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Originally Posted by rhondajustus View Post

I have 1 Tom turkey and no females. I do have 28 chickens, 23 hens and 3 roosters. I went out today and my turkey was acting odd. All hunched down and shaking. He did come or gobble like usual when I go out. I went in and gathered eggs and fed them. I came back out and it looked like a hen had just gotten out from under the turkey. So my question is. Will a Tom turkey fertilize a chicken and if so would it be a able to be hatched? What concerns should I have? Eggs too large for chicken to lay?


If a tom turkey attempts to breed a chicken hen, it will most likely end badly (flat chicken).  It is highly unlikely that the tom would be able to fertilize a chicken (physical incompatibility).  Even if you used artificial insemination to fertilize the chicken hen using turkey semen, it is extremely unlikely that the egg would hatch.

 

The concern that you should have is to separate the tom from the chickens before you start finding dead chickens.

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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Thank you so much. Not sure what you mean by flat chicken. I'm not wanting them to breed. I just noticed the odd behavior and wanted to know what to worry about. Will the Tom get aggressive toward the chickens? They were raised together and haven't had any issue to date.
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Flat = flatten, squished.
Think of a Hummer running over a Mini Cooper.
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Flat = flatten, squished.
Think of a Hummer running over a Mini Cooper.

:lau

That is the correct interpretation.

Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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Oh!! That kind of flat. I have a hummer which makes it funny. I'll get them separated. Thank you for your help.
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