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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by duluthralphie, Apr 5, 2015.
I have heard that body armor is a good idea when dealing with broody hens . Have yet to experience it first hand - hmmm, something to look forward to. Hope you make it out in one piece!
I've lucked out so far. Most of my broodies (chicken & turkey both) have been docile enough that I can reach under & even pick them up without much more than some fluffing, squawking, growling & an occasional peck. Only 1 over the years has ever tried to actually bite me to draw blood. Needless to say, I didn't keep her long after.
I got my broody off her nest. BUT she refused to let me get ahold of her. I chased her out of the covered run she was in, I am hoping just not being allowed back to her nest will break her............
AND THE STENCH!!!!
Her eggs smell so bad, I rolled them around and saw no pips so they are done. I hope the other broody turkey is doing better on hers.
Same day, different turkey!
My blue brought me 7, I think chicks today, they are so small next to her. I cannot get a good count because of the way she guards them. She looks to be a good Mommy. I have a feeling she is going to be disappointed when her little boys grow up to crow and not gobble.
I'm glad she's a good mom...quite a contrast from the stinky, broody girl
Just a few pictures,
Momma and babies..
A couple of the young ones showing off...
and two looking for a career as dumpster divers..
I just want to double check before we really start throwing together our coop and run this weekend. Will a 12 x 20 run be plenty big enough for 8 heritage turkeys? The coop itself is an 8 x 10. Our birds will get to free range but for when we have to keep them confined for whatever reason.
seems kind of small to me for 8.... BUT even more interesting will be your getting them to go into the coop..
Love the pictures!