Broody hen help!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BabySweetsTurkeys, May 26, 2018.

  1. BabySweetsTurkeys

    BabySweetsTurkeys Chirping

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    My red bourbon turkey hen is broody and sitting 3 eggs. One egg is way farther along then the other 2. Egg 1. Is at about r12-15 days and the other eggs aren’t even at 5. What do I do since one will hatch earlier than the others? Will I have to self incubate the last 2? Do I take baby 1 from mom so she can Incubate the last eggs? I’m so confused on what to do.
     
  2. Chickwhispere111

    Chickwhispere111 In the Brooder

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    Hi I had the same problem last year when my hen had 4 eggs and one had already hatched but the others weren’t even close unfortunately I made the futile mistake of leaving the eggs in with the hen because she abandoned her chick who then died because the hen didn’t support or care for her: you have a few options either make the hard descision of prioritising the first born and getting rid of the other eggs especially if she is a first time mom. Or try donate the chicks to another hen in the hope she will adopt them?

    Another possibility is feeding the chick your self to insure she/ he does eat! If you have a heat lamp then you could try and use it if you see the mom abandoning the chick!

    You could try and leave the eggs in and hope she cares for all 3, but keep a close eye on the chick! Good luck sorry I couldn’t be of more help! Hope they all hatch
     
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  3. Chickwhispere111

    Chickwhispere111 In the Brooder

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    For point 2 donate eggs or chicks
     
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  4. BabySweetsTurkeys

    BabySweetsTurkeys Chirping

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    Thank you! I decided to let her keep the chick, and if she abandons then I’ll raise the one. If she decides to stop incubating the others I might try to finish the icubation process myself with my incubator. Thank you again!
     
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  5. Chickwhispere111

    Chickwhispere111 In the Brooder

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    Thanks good luck xx
     

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