Breeding and egg laying

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BrownSheep, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. BrownSheep

    BrownSheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have two turkeys they have been mating or at least trying this past week. I have two questions 1) when should she start laying? 2) she has a wound on her wing/side from his claw any idea how to prevent this?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, it won't be long until you see eggs. One thing my turkey hen did, is she would sit in front of me. Everywhere I went, she would just sort of sit down, as if she was in a nest, right near me. She was always getting in my way and I would often have to move her if I was raking the sand in the run or something. LOL She would fan her wing feathers out slightly behind her too. She was doing this because she "likes me" and wanted me to be her Tom. But hey, I'm not into that! haha

    Anyhow, it wasn't long after I saw this setting behavior, and her and the tom mating, that she layed her first eggs. I believe it was a matter of a week or two. My husband made my chicken nest boxes so large, that she just layed her eggs right with the hens.

    The tom was very clumsy. I do think it takes practice. He would stand on her, and sort of march on her back. What a clumsy oaf! LOL But he was gorgous.
     
  3. BrownSheep

    BrownSheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my boy is verrrrrry clumsy. It got to the point I felt bad for her a made him leave her alone for a while.
     

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