Cranberry IS a MOTHER!!!!! Questions on Turkeys Raising their Own

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SandyC, May 29, 2010.

  1. SandyC

    SandyC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had awful luck hatching my own eggs, so I decided to let my Bourbon Red Hen alone when she dissappeared. We found her nest and today,
    I saw her, with POULTS!!!! They must have just hatched today or last evening. Now like I said, my experience has been terrible raising baby turkeys.
    I want to go out and grab them and Cranberry and lock them up in a cage, but part of me says, wild turkeys do fine around here so maybe I should just leave it up to
    Cranberry, leave her and hope for the best. What do you all think?
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  2. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    I know nothing about raising turkeys but wanted to say Congrats to you and Cranberry! (OK, and beg for some pictures. [​IMG] )
     
  3. SandyC

    SandyC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anybody with answers?????
     
  4. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Vermont
    Will she be kept in a coop with the other turkeys? Do you have somewhere they can sleep where'll they'll be isolated from the others? Sounds like she's a first timer? Will they be ranging? How many poults does she have? How many other turkeys do you have? What kind of predators do you have?
     
  5. SandyC

    SandyC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apparently she had poults last year (I bought her in the fall. This is what the previous owner told me). She is free ranging, but I do have a place in my barn I could put her with the poults where I could keep her
    separated from the chickens , but the would still be around. I know many here don't raise turkeys and chickens together, but I have never had a problem. I have the normal critters around, fox, racoon, skunks...etc.
    I've only seen her from a distance, so I'm not sure how many she has and they could still be hatching possibly...there were 9 eggs, which must have taken several days to lay. She is hidden well under a tree with high
    grass all around her. I have two other turkeys...a tom and another hen, who is out somewhere nesting too. I haven't found her nest yet. My guess is that she would be hatching in about 2 and 1/2 weeks. I also have
    about 13 chickens that all free range. We have lots of wild turkeys around too.
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  6. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Vermont
    Sounds like she could do it! If you can get them to sleep somewhere predator-safe at night, then let her have them [​IMG] So much easier than raising them in a brooder and there is nothing cuter than a momma and her poults [​IMG]
     
  7. SandyC

    SandyC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for your comments!
     

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