I'm beginning to doubt I will be able to hatch any turkeys... these girls are not cooperating. Every time I put a pile of straw in their shed for nesting they just kick it all around and dust bathe in it and then lay their eggs in the mud.
I appreciate their need to dust themselves since it has been wet here lately, but last time I made a straw pile in the shed and a second in the run and they still kicked them both up until it was all mud again. It's hard to keep bedding in the runs here because everything just washes down the slope.
I blocked off this corner in the shed to keep the bedding from washing down slope and within 5 minutes the hens had it kicked everywhere. I can't incubate muddy eggs (right?), how the heck can I keep these eggs clean if they won't keep the bedding in the nesting area? *I have been putting the straw piles where I find eggs, so I'm not trying to force a nesting area where they don't want one.
Also, how long can I store eggs on the counter before incubating? With all the muddy eggs, I'm having a hard time building up enough for the incubator.
I took a video of her dust bathing too, but I have to upload it to YouTube first I think. She was having so much fun in the straw it was hard to be annoyed with her... but I'm still at a loss for what to do. I wish she would just sit and brood, or at least lay some eggs in the clean straw for me to incubate!Edited by emorems0 - 4/8/16 at 10:32am