Do turkey hens lay like a chicken?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by EEGHEAD, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. EEGHEAD

    EEGHEAD Out Of The Brooder

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    Do turkey hens lay like a chicken, when do start, how much will they lay?
     
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  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course Turkey hens lay eggs. Where do you think baby turkeys come from? I have no experience with turkeys, so I don't know when and how much or how often. Are you asking if they will sit on eggs and hatch them?
     
  3. EEGHEAD

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    No I'm asking if they will lay like a chicken!
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure what that means.... do turkeys lay like chickens?
    You're gonna have to be more specific. Does a turkey squat and push an egg from their vent into a nesting area? Yes.
     
  5. Kagu

    Kagu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noo, she means do they lay daily like a chicken, even if its not fertile/gonna hatch them

    yes they do, i dont know when they start but they lay speckled eggs and dont lay in nest boxes, they lay where THEY want to lay
     
  6. glambka

    glambka Chillin' With My Peeps

    My limited experience is that they lay about an egg a day, or every other day. I have been trying to find turkey owners that will pass me along unfertile eggs, or eggs they won't be hatching (maybe they only have a hen).
    And from what they are telling me it is about one a day, depending of if they go "broody". ONce they go broody they stop laying.

    Please if I am wrong, someone out there correct me...don't want to be passing along misinformation. :)
     
  7. EEGHEAD

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    THANK YOU for answering, it was really helpful, I think everyone else is overthinking my question!! Will they lay every day like a chicken? How big are their eggs? Are they fairly broody?
     
  8. EEGHEAD

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    THANK YOU for answering, it was really helpful, I think everyone else is overthinking my question!! Will they lay every day like a chicken? How big are their eggs? Are they fairly broody?
     
  9. glambka

    glambka Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know about being fairly broody...I think if you leave a cache of eggs they will go broody, but if you continue to take them daily, not so much.
    They are quite a bit larger than a jumbo chicken egg. A bit smaller than a large duck. Nicely proportioned...pointed tip, very egg shaped unlike a duck which is oval. Mostly speckled but you will get some that aren't. Hope this helps!
     
  10. EEGHEAD

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    Thanks, will they lay every day, or once in a while?
     

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