I've got 9 hens and one tom living with about 30 chickens. The turkeys are laying, and a few are spending a little time hanging around the nests, or lingering in the nests, like chickens do. The nests are shared between turkeys and chickens (and one kooky little rooster who sleeps in them at night :/ ). I'm breeding turkeys for meat, I get plenty of eggs from the chickens. I doubt the tom is covering all 9 hens, but I am hoping to learn which turkeys are the better layers/brooders before culling 5 of them. I'm guessing many of the eggs aren't fertile.
Should I be leaving all the turkey eggs in the nests (while removing chicken eggs) - will that encourage the turkey hens to go broody?
Will a turkey hen kick out the non-fertile eggs and the eggs that are too old?
Even though the eggs are layed many days apart, will they all start developing the day the hen commits to the nest (the way it works for chickens?)
Are turkeys too shy to take command of their nest? Will I fail at having turkeys brood because the nests are shared with chickens?
Any thoughts about how I can encourage broodiness in my turkey hens will be most appreciated!