disappearing hen nesting?...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Hillsvale, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2009
    Hillsvale, Nova Scotia
    So we have a saga here... we got some turkey pairs/trios last spring... they all free range and some of the chicks then disappeared (new to turkeys lol). Got some new chicks and they went into lock down facilities until they were about 3 months old.

    One of the birds that stuck around was a bourbon red which we thought was a tom because it would fluff up some and show the feather dance.....
    sooo we went and found a mature bourbon hen, the initial bird stopped doing the "look at me" dance... he is a she!
    sooo we source a new tom to go with our two hens which we plan on breeding in the spring...

    the initial hen has started disappearing, we don't know where... she will be gone for hours and even over night. We know she is close because she isn't much of a flier and there aren't foot prints wandering off. I assume the hussy is building a nest but we can't find it...


    We have had one egg from one of them over christmas but I assumed the mature hen... maybe not!
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    That's usually where they go when they disappear. Keep looking. And take your time so you don't look right past her. They're very good at camouflage.


    It'd probably be best to go looking when she is on the nest because as good as they are at hiding themselves, they hide the eggs even better. If you do go looking for just the eggs, you need to be looking down right next to where you're walking. She'll have dug a nest down into some brush, laid them in a bucket, etc. The nest will be down in something, a depression so the eggs won't be visible from a distance.
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    great picture.

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