anything special for poults?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HillCountryMomma, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Yea, I've heard turkey poults are so dumb they make a stump look bright. [​IMG]

    I have 7 Rio Grande Wild turkey eggs (and 6 EE) under a broody chicken hen that should start hatching this coming Sat.

    Then hen is in a safe spot (had another hen hatch out chicks there a couple weeks ago) so I'm just going to leave her there to hatch the babies, then move everyone together to a tractor to brood with the momma hen.

    Do I need to do anythign special for the poults vs. chicks? I'm hoping the hen will show them the ropes as far as food and water goes.

    This is my first exprience with turkeys, I'm hoping several hatch! I've candled the eggs and they look good....but ya know how it goes...
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I know nothing about turkeys but I hope someone answers you. I would like to do some turkey eggs myself. [​IMG]
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Best of luck. Mommy hen should take care of them just fine.
  4. SueNH

    SueNH Songster

    Feb 24, 2007
    Chickens take 21 days to hatch, turkeys take 28. If the chicken started sitting on the eggs all at once she may leave the nest before the poults hatch.

    Poults are just a little less independent at birth. Takes them longer to get the hang of things the first few days.

    They need higher protein feed than chickens.

    The hen will show them all they need to know.

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