3 Turkeys and a Chicken are driving me CRAZY! (Pic)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kuntrygirl, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    This is what I have to deal with on a daily basis. Why do all 3 hens AND this chicken feel the need to share 1 nest of chicken eggs, turkey eggs, duck eggs and goose eggs. Each one steals the eggs from the other one. This happens every day. They have broken so many turkey eggs [​IMG] by doing this. I have tried to break them from being broody but they keep going back into the chicken house. I can't close the chicken house because this is where all of the birds go to lay eggs. I can't pen the girls up anywhere because ALL of the pens are occupied with mamas and their babies. Every single unit on my property is filled. I'm about to pull my hair out of my head. [​IMG]

    If anyone has any suggestions on how to break these broody hens, please let me know. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Maybe after they break all the eggs they will stop! [​IMG] What a pain!
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    Send them to my house? [​IMG] Looks like they are trying to brood the chicken.

    No, I have no good plan for you. Two of our goosey girls, when they go broody - it is always "together". They also steal eggs from under each other but luckily when the goslings hatch, they share the momma duties.
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    lol that stubborn little chicken is determined to keep her spot!
  5. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    Collect the eggs several times a day. That helps alot. If you want a hen to hatch them, build a small brooding box where they can sit without any interuptions. Mine never break a egg if they are alone.
  6. MikeG

    MikeG Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Roanoke, Va
    I had the same problem. 2 black spanish turkeys and one golden comet setting on 8+ BS eggs. Several broke but I just cleaned up and let them in the coop. The first turkey hatched on Sunday. Question is when will the others hatch?

    I know its not the answer you were looking for...

    I did break them up earlier in the Spring but I just kicked the whole flock out of the coop for an entire day; then tried to just let the non-broody girls back in at night. The broodys stayed in a protected hoophouse roost but weren't able to set. They were brood broke in 36 hours.

  7. gotta have my peeps!

    gotta have my peeps! Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2011
    Rappahannock, Virginia
    I feel for you -- but have to love your picture. They are quite the foursome!
  8. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Maybe, in addition to gathering eggs as often as possible, you could give them some artificial eggs, either ceramic or weighted plastic ones, to brood. Perhaps that will satisfy them.
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you shrink the entrasnce to the chicken's area? My RIRs will slip thru a 6x6 opening and enjoy doing it
  10. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Kuntrygirl....They are cute...sorry...I know you are frustrated with them right now...but take a minute, and just LOOK at that pic! Lol....They are cute [​IMG]
    Sorry I'm no help....but had to comment on that pic [​IMG]

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