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?
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.
That is the correct interpretation.