Almost that time of year!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by KOTurkeyRanch, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cant believe its almost laying season! Now up here in PA its very snowy but last week it got up to the 50s and my toms were strutting all day long, i cant wait to get my first egg again! Anyone get any eggs yet? I wont get any until Mid March or so. [​IMG]
     
  2. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was JUST outside (it's 20 degrees here) and saw both of my old Toms out there strutting for the girls. Unfortunately the girls are all hunkered down whining about the cold but I'm excited-it's almost time, it's almost time!!!!
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    When is laying season???? The only time my girls stopped laying eggs was when they were setting on eggs and after they hatched their poults. After the poults were old enough to go out on their own, my hens started laying again. My younger girls started laying about 3 months ago. They are laying just about every day.
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    wow, I didn't know they did that . . . sheesh I have a lot to learn
     
  5. Whiskey Bay

    Whiskey Bay Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girl has been laying for a couple of weeks now.I don't think my Tom knows how to NOT strut....lol.. He always has to show his stuff....I took a pic of him earlier
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  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:He is handsome! Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Can ya'll tell me how differently you handle turkeys compared to chickens?? What's like the main differences to the two?? I have a friend that wanted to give me some wild turkey eggs from hers but just wasn't ready at the time!!
     
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I handle my turkeys the same as I handle the chickens. All of them free range together, eat together and roost together. They free range on about a 1 acre area every day. The chickens tend to mind their own business while the turkeys don't. My turkeys are a little more devious and tend to bully the other animals. But they don't bully them as far as injurying or causing harm. The turkeys that are less than a year old are similar to elementary kids on the playground who bully the other kids. They pick fights for no reason at all. But like I said, they do not injure any of the animals and I trust them that they wouldn't. They are just mischievous. If the turkeys see the roosters after the chickens or the male ducks after the female ducks, then the turkeys will break up any type of breeding with the other animals. If you have ever heard of the saying, "Misery loves company", then that would be my turkeys. They can't stand to see other people happy and getting along. They always have to bring some type of drama to the barnyard. And I wouldn't trade them for the world. They keep me on my toes every day. I love my turkeys.

    Now I see that you mentioned "wild turkey eggs". I don't have wild turkeys. I have Bourbon Reds.
     
  9. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    My tom only seems to strut just before and during the time when the hens are laying. It's handy that way, because I can tell when the ladies are about to start laying. [​IMG]
     
  10. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:I handle my turkeys the same as I handle the chickens. All of them free range together, eat together and roost together. They free range on about a 1 acre area every day. The chickens tend to mind their own business while the turkeys don't. My turkeys are a little more devious and tend to bully the other animals. But they don't bully them as far as injurying or causing harm. The turkeys that are less than a year old are similar to elementary kids on the playground who bully the other kids. They pick fights for no reason at all. But like I said, they do not injure any of the animals and I trust them that they wouldn't. They are just mischievous. If the turkeys see the roosters after the chickens or the male ducks after the female ducks, then the turkeys will break up any type of breeding with the other animals. If you have ever heard of the saying, "Misery loves company", then that would be my turkeys. They can't stand to see other people happy and getting along. They always have to bring some type of drama to the barnyard. And I wouldn't trade them for the world. They keep me on my toes every day. I love my turkeys.

    Now I see that you mentioned "wild turkey eggs". I don't have wild turkeys. I have Bourbon Reds.

    Thanks for the info. I don't even know what they look like except for searching them on the net. We've been throwing the idea around if we're going to get turkeys or not. We'll see!! [​IMG]
     

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