Are turkeys seasonal breeders?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jfishfam, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. jfishfam

    jfishfam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We recently got a pair of bourbon reds for breeding. I was under the impression the hen would only lay in the spring? But she laid an egg today. Then would this egg be fertile or do they just breed in the spring?
     
  2. bcboy

    bcboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is your Tom. Has your Tom mounted your hen?
     
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  3. jfishfam

    jfishfam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The guy we got him from said he was from last year's hatch. Which puts him well over a year old.
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    It could be fertile. But, if it is, hatching in early Nov. would require indoor brooding for quite some time. Fall is Spring in reverse. For about a week-and-half (end of Sept.. early Oct.) our hens will sometimes present, and be bred, but have only found a few eggs over the years.

    A recent thread with more on `eggs': https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/712593/egg-turkeys
     

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