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What time of year do turkeys start laying

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I have two hen turkeys and I was wondering when they will start laying this year. I got them as juveniles last year so they are old enough to lay right now

post #2 of 11

They can lay when they are about a year old. It varies when they will start to lay based on your local climate and the turkeys. I live in PA and its cold here so mine dont lay until about March, but my friend who lives down the road already has abunch of eggs. If youve got snow on the ground they probably wont lay until it reaches warmer temperatures.

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post #3 of 11

I live in North Alabama and my Bourbon Reds are about 8 months old and they started laying a couple of days ago. And we still have snow on the ground from over a week ago.

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post #4 of 11

I'm in Louisiana and we have warmer climates.   My hens never stop laying and I don't know why.  hide

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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #5 of 11

Saw this post and had to comment! Our Bourbon Red hen who is 10 months old. This morning we got our first Bourbon Red egg for the year !!!!!!!!WooHoo!!  yawee  ya  woot


Edited by Southerngirl - 1/17/11 at 9:20am
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Wife of one DH, Mom to 3 kids,Silkies,Lt Brahmas, Blk/Wht Jersey Giants, Buttercups, Crevecoeurs, Ameracauna(Easter Eggers),Buff Polish, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons,Jap Bantams, Australorps, Dark Cornish,Leghorns,Black Cayuga ducks,Goats, PILGRIM geese,.How About Them Cowgirls ! ......George Strait
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post #6 of 11

It varies from turkey to turkey, flock to flock.  Generally speaking any given turkey can be expected, once of the age to lay, to lay sometime during the period between late winter and early summer.  IOW, in the Northern Hemisphere, sometime between January and July.  Give or take a month. 

Some, to complicate matters however, will also lay in the fall.  And still some others will lay year round, never taking a break.

So, to sum that up, your turkeys will probably lay sometime around "spring".  They may start early and lay during the late part of winter and/or they may lay later, carrying on during summer.  But "spring" is the norm.  Anything else, laying all the time, laying in the fall, etc can be watched for and is a bonus but should not be expected.  Unless you like setting yourself up to be disappointed.  In which case, by all means.  wink

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My hens never stop laying and I don't know why.  hide


Overachievers.  lol

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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post #7 of 11

If you collect the eggs she will lay continuously, sometimes laying around 90 eggs a season

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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Olive Hill 

It varies from turkey to turkey, flock to flock.  Generally speaking any given turkey can be expected, once of the age to lay, to lay sometime during the period between late winter and early summer.  IOW, in the Northern Hemisphere, sometime between January and July.  Give or take a month. 

Some, to complicate matters however, will also lay in the fall.  And still some others will lay year round, never taking a break.

So, to sum that up, your turkeys will probably lay sometime around "spring".  They may start early and lay during the late part of winter and/or they may lay later, carrying on during summer.  But "spring" is the norm.  Anything else, laying all the time, laying in the fall, etc can be watched for and is a bonus but should not be expected.  Unless you like setting yourself up to be disappointed.  In which case, by all means.  wink

Quote:
Originally Posted by kuntrygirl 

My hens never stop laying and I don't know why.  hide


Overachievers.  lol


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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #9 of 11

wow. i just got a young pair of hens for my two year old tom. i cant wait for eggies. the hens are 9 months old red bourbon

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post #10 of 11

My 3 Bourbon Red hens are about 9 months old and I started getting an egg here and there oh maybe 7 weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I discovered one of my hens had been sneaking off to a spot by the neighbor's cellar and was sitting on 13 eggs. Twice I had to fetch her when she tried to sleep there at night. Two days after I found the 13 eggs, I caught her sitting on 5 more, so I know there's more than one hen doing the laying. It has been in the 20's and 30's temp wise most days/nights here since early December, seldom even hitting 40.

I'm not going for poults so I just ate my first turkey egg the other day. Very yummy! Strange looking though, very pointy.

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Duck Side of the Moon! 5 Silkies, 8 Polish, 1 RIR, 2 Spitzhauben, 2 EE, 2 bantam Cochins, 2 Comets, 1 Welsummer, 1 sexlink, 9 Pekins, 3 Muscovies, 5 Runners, 2 Mandarins, 2 Swedish, 1 Rouen, 2 Chinese geese, 6 BR turkeys, 6 parrots (GW macaw, 2 Senegals, Amazon, Patagonian conure, cockatiel), 1 black cat, 2 goldfish.
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