i think it is legal to keep eastern wild turkeys in wisconsin, i also live in a county where a lot of wild testing was done on eastern turkeys, and it is legal to keep turkeys in michigan. but in the south it sounds illegal in most of the states to keep a wild turkey, we aren't going to sell, butcher, or release them anyways.They will be fine but it is illegal in most states to pick up eggs, have eggs or wild turkeys!
the hen abandoned the nest anyways. Life is better than no life, the eggs may not hatch anyways. we are doing the most humane thing, giving the eggs a chance to hatch and a chance at life. I love birds and I would do anything to save them.
29.354 Possession of game birds and animals.
(1) Approval necessary. No person may possess or have under his or her control any game bird or game animal or the carcass of any game bird or game animal unless the person has a valid hunting license, sports license, conservation patron license, taxidermist permit, or scientific collector permit. This subsection does not apply to a person who takes possession of a bear, deer, or wild turkey under s.29.349 (2) (a) and who complies with the requirements under s. 29.349 (2) (b).
(2) Nests and eggs.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), no person may take, needlessly destroy or possess or have under his or her control the nest or eggs of any wild bird for which a closed season is prescribed under this chapter.
You might want to talk this over with your dad. Perhaps a call to a local DNR game office might be in order?
i understand, but i think she abandoned them because they were lain right in the open, unprotected from predators, and a few years ago an eastern turkey hen laid a huge clutch and abandoned them, she never came back and they never hatched. i doubt they'll hatch anyways, if not, i'll buy some narragansett turkeys, we just thought we'd take our chances.I really don't care what you do with them but I was just saying you could get in trouble with the law and the fine is per egg. How can you be sure she abandoned them? She does have to get off to eat and drink. She also could have been eaten off the nest but not likely because they usually return for the eggs. The best intentions still won't get you out of trouble with the law. Can't say I wouldn't have done the same but just would have checked on the eggs for a day to make sure she was not coming back and wouldn't post about it on the internet.