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do turkeys lay like chickens?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Gazinga, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    ok, i know NOTHING about turkeys, but i am thinking of getting some next year.
    1) do they lay eggs like chickens (no rooster needed)?
    2) do they need a coop / run?
    3) are they really that much different then chickens?
     
  2. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    anyone?
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    ..i dont know...i might want some next year for thanksgiving..good question...someone here will know the answer...Wendy
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    They lay seasonally. The jennys will sometimes lay a few at about 7mo. (we had one hatched in June and throwing off a few by Dec.). Ours got serious during their first spring in May. If you keep the eggs collected daily they'll continue to lay for a bit longer. If you allow them to work a clutch (anywhere from 10-20 eggs) they'll get very broody (much more aggressive than a broody chicken hen - hiss like dragons bite like the dickens). You won't need a tom to get eggs.

    Yes, a pen and shelter is very helpful.

    If you are raising them for food don't spend a lot of time around them (don't let them imprint on you as poults). They are much more social than chooks and (other than the toms hormonal moments) will follow you around like dogs, they are very curious birds.
     
  5. Alpha Roo

    Alpha Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, now what about ducks? same question. And are the eggs similar taste wise?
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2008
  6. fosterchick

    fosterchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Duck eggs taste about the same as a chicken. They are a little richer and make great bake good items. The ducks will lay from Feb. or March thru November.
     

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