Broody Tom

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Mylied, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Mylied

    Mylied Crowing

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    Just thought I would share my funny Tom. He's been brooding my hen's eggs for about 3 weeks. The hen sat on them the first few days and then he took over. If my calculations are right, they are due to hatch Thursday. I have not been able to candle because I never catch him off the nest. They should be fertile because there was a lot of mating going on before the brooding. Here's hoping his hard work pays off. 20190408_112906.jpg
     
  2. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    Wow I did not know Toms could go Broody, that's cool. Hopefully some hatch.
     
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  3. Mylied

    Mylied Crowing

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    I didn't know either. The hen did the brooding last year but he helped raise the chicks and kept them warm. He even hisses at me when I get close and does the broody poop once a day.
     
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  4. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    Idk, maybe it's common but it seems so odd to me :lol:
    What type of turkey is he btw?
     
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  5. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    It is not common but it does happen. I had a Bourbon Red tom that would try to brood a clutch of eggs. Seems like every year someone has a tom at least try to brood eggs.

    He looks like a Bronze to me.
     
  6. Mylied

    Mylied Crowing

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    I've googled and looked on here. It happens but I haven't read any stories where they stick with it the whole way through. He's a bronze. The hen is a holland white.
     
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  7. memphis

    memphis Free Ranging

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    How cool!
     
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  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    That's really neat that he's doing that! I hope that he will be a good a mother at hatching as you said that he helped raise them with the hen last year. I wonder if a turkey Tom's good gene's like that would be passed onto his son's?
     
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  9. ketojenn

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    Awww. He just wants to be a dad. Lol
    Very cool, I hope he completes the job.
     
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  10. Mylied

    Mylied Crowing

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    I have no idea. He's a really sweet turkey but I really only have experience with these two and a couple poults they raised last year.
     
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