A century of Turkey talk 2000-2100.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by duluthralphie, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    All of my birds free ranged from Oct to March. Every time we would open the door they would come running. If anyone left the door open & turned away even for a minute there were birds wandering the house. They would just walk right in like they owned it.
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got all the poults I've hatched so far moved to outside pen yesterday.

    They like the grass and sun but are still unsure of their new surroundings.

    I don't really like keeping my birds pennef constantly. I like to free range them but predator losses are higher than normal this year.

    So I added a 20 x40 open top run to my breeder pens. So far none have tried to fly out and the ones that have been penned are enjoying the grass.
     
  3. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Chicken Obsessed

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    That sounds great!

    That is something I am hoping to do soon. For now I only let my birds out when I can be out there to supervise. We have a flock of Buzzards and owls that stay around here. These darn Buzzards have been trying to get my poults thru the wire they have nearly scalped two of my poults so far.
     
  4. ladycat

    ladycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a basic newbie question. Do turkeys lay only in the spring?
     
  5. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Basically yes.

    My hens started in march this spring. Last year they laid til august.

    Then I got no more eggs.

    But a few have some that lay in the fall.

    But I have not been that lucky.
     
  6. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine laid Feb to Oct last year. Started in March this year. Laid until Sept the year before. They lay when weather is good for hatching.
     
  7. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Ethel stopped laying in mid-August but that was most likely because she hatched a batch on Sept 10.
     
  8. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have set 3 batches of eggs since my pen disaster.

    First batch set 15 they will be 21 days in monday. Just candled have 11 viable eggs.

    2nd batch are 9 days in. Set 19 eggs have 18 viable.

    3rd batch set tues. Set 14 eggs.

    All my remaining hens are now in a big pen with a blue slate tom. Bourbon red tom. And my black tom.

    So all these eggs will be mixes. Blue is now the dominant tom.

    Be interesting to see what colors come out.

    My only pure blue slate egg I got from pens after I lost my hens is trying internal pip when I candled so he's moved to hatcher.

    Hopefully he makes it out.
     
  9. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Chicken Obsessed

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    Good luck Feedman I hope they all hatch for you! [​IMG]
     
  10. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     

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