Hi, we have two royal palms -- male and female. We saved them to try and breed after harvesting the rest last year. They were doing great, mating fine, etc. The female started to lay her eggs in our woods (took a while to figure that out!) So we moved them into her nest in the turkey house and penned them up together. She had about 7 eggs at that time. Once they were in a pen, the male turkey started to sit on the eggs. I have learned now this can happen, but at first it surprised us. The question I have now is about the eggs. We want our turkeys to raise their own. Tom mostly sits on the eggs, but sometimes the hen will sit with him. When they are off the nest, we count the eggs. The amount keeps changing... it went from 7 to 4 to 5 to 4... etc. Obviously when it goes up, the hen must be laying. But when it goes down, we started to get suspicious. There were no signs of broken eggs in the pen or the shelter... until today. I found a broken egg with the inside gone in their shelter. I am 99% sure there is no larger predator that can get to these eggs. The turkeys pen (surrounded by field fence) is within our pasture which is surrounded by electric fence. The shelter is closed each night with the turkeys inside. A small predator is possible, (like the size of a snake or rat), but I suspect the turkeys are doing this. Why? Why eat some and not others? Are they accidentally breaking them when sitting and cleaning the broken ones out? Or has one of them developed the taste for eggs? Or do they know something we don't -- like these ones aren't fertile? Curious why this is happening and how to stop it Thanks for any help! Seems like there aren't a lot of turkey breeders out there!