Originally Posted by feedman77
that hen stays in the pen now but she can come and go as she pleases.
she stays mostly so I guess she likes the food and company.
not sure what I'll do with her if she hangs out til breeding season.
Part of what you do should depend on your local G&F laws. Here I had a wild hen that came in for 7 years in a row. She came and left freely. Once my toms would breed her, she would go down in the field and lay a batch and hatch them out and leave.
Our G&F laws stipulate that all game animals belong to the state and that any turkeys that have any wild turkey in them are considered wild turkeys and therefore belong to the state. The only method that I could have used to prevent her from romancing my toms would have been to keep them in a covered pen that she couldn't get into and that they could not get out of. If she had come around in the fall, I could have bought a turkey license and invited her to dinner.
Here a G&F permit is required to have any wild or part wild turkeys and they must be kept in a G&F inspected pen that prevents them from escaping. Some states are more lax than others but almost all states have laws regarding possession of wild turkeys and whether or not permits are required.
One person here complained to the G&F about the wild turkeys coming in and eating all the food they put out for their turkeys. Th G&F response was that they could get rid of their turkeys because the wild turkeys were allowed to do whatever they wanted.