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post #11 of 16

That makes sense.  But there are parts of the U.S.A. that don't have distinctive seasons.  I would think that their reproductive age is around 6-7 months like the Agricultural Husbrandry site said, unless you live in an area, like us in Canada, that has cold winters.

Do you plan to hatch the eggs.

post #12 of 16
Yes we are going to hatch the eggs so far we have 2 eggs. The hens keep laying the eggs in front of the door of the coop to instead of the nesting boxes haha oh well. I also live in Pennsylvania so we have decently cold winters here.
post #13 of 16

If you want to grow your flock quickly you might be interested in my new method.

Since I only have one laying hen I was keeping the eggs for two weeks in cold storage. At 65% hatch rate, I was only having limited success.

 

For optimum hatchability you shouldn't keep them longer than seven days.  I started my new method because I don't like all the empty spaces in my egg turner so I was filling them with chicken eggs.  Now I am over run with chickens, but I still don't want to operate a Bator for just a few eggs.

 

My New Method:

 

I have two Bators. 

My turkey hen lays about five eggs per week.  At the end of seven days I put the eggs in the Bator #1. 

The next week I add two chicken eggs because they teach the turkeys to eat.  This fills up one row on my egg turner.

 

I repeat this every seven days making sure to mark each new batch (row)  with a different symbol.

 

On day 25, I move the first row of eggs to Bator #2 for lock down.   They are hatched and Bator #2 is cleaned before the next row is ready for lockdown. 

 

I just started this so I don't know how well it will work.  I will let you know in 25 days, lol.


Edited by IceAngel - 7/15/15 at 7:52pm
post #14 of 16
Has anyone had there spring turkeys start laying that fall? I have a hen sitting on eggs in a nest she made in the woods. I am not sure the Tom is even old enough to have known what he's supposed to do? Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Since everything I have read was they nest 1st spring after birth?
Edited by Henrytheduck - 9/29/15 at 2:24pm
post #15 of 16
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Has anyone had there spring turkeys start laying that fall? I have a hen sitting on eggs in a nest she made in the woods. I am not sure the Tom is even old enough to have known what he's supposed to do? Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Since everything I have read was they nest 1st spring after birth?

Hah, I just started a thread with the same issue.  Yesterday I found two turkey eggs in two different places.  I have 4 hens and 2 toms who just turned 25 weeks old, hatched April 7th.  I've never had turkey eggs before because so far, my turkeys have all been butchered before Thanksgiving.  

post #16 of 16

My Turkey hens start laying in the spring and stop in the fall but I am north of the 49th parallel.  It may make a difference where you live because I believe it has to do with the hours of sunshine you get.

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