Originally Posted by KaijuVoodoo
Since I'm 6 minutes from the PA border, in WV (and 35 from Pittsburgh) can I claim almost PA Residence? Looking for local chicken people
Welcome from Cambria county! I'm about 1 1/2-2 hours easy of Pittsburgh. Seems most people are on the eastern half of the state but there are a few of us that are closer to you
Originally Posted by emorems0
Is this a turkey egg? I found it on top of my rabbit hutch and the naughty hen ripped up the lamination on the canvas tarp while she was up there.
I think it was from yesterday, it was cold when I found it and both turkey hens were safe in their run all day (one hen did escape for a few hours yesterday... guess it's time to fix the gap in the fence).
What do I do now? I was hoping the turkey hens, being seasonal layers would brood their own once they started laying. But she left the nice straw pile in her shed to lay this on a tarp on top of a rabbit pen and then left it there. Since it was out over the cold night it's probably not viable anymore anyway, right?
I've never had a broody chicken and this is my first year with laying turkeys so I'm not really sure what to expect. Should I just collect all the eggs I find and save them up for the incubate (room temp or fridge?)? Or should I leave her to do her thing and hope that she figures it out. I'd rather not incubate myself bc I'd have to buy one and the one I want isn't in the budget right now.
Next to a chicken egg... I expected the turkey egg to be bigger. It's a little bigger, but not much.
Yep, that is definitely a turkey egg. From my understanding, a turkey hen MAY go broody. I had one go broody but she was a terrible incubator. Every turkey egg I gave her died and every chicken egg I gave her got smashed and eaten
I finally gave her poults...which she didn't follow when they left the nest and they died. I gave her a 3 week old poult that didn't bond to her who died. Finally, I gave her 2 new poults, blocked them in the nest with her and managed to get them all bonded together and she ended up not being protective and I STILL had to take the poults from her. She's finally broken now but what a fiasco!
If you're going to save it to incubate, I would keep it in a carton on the counter till you're ready to set it.
Are you going to want any poults? I'm going to get some hatching eggs from dheltzel so I'll have to meet you along the route again anyway as long as it works for you.