Encouraging a turkey hen to go broody

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ShadyHoller, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. ShadyHoller

    ShadyHoller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I'm sitting here watching it rain, I start day-dreaming about spring, and with that comes ideas about hatching out turkeys.

    My question is: how hard is it to convince a hen to go broody? We have three BR hens who will be a year old this spring. They have already surprised us with a few pullet eggs. Our two toms breed them, or at least love trying, so I think the eggs should be fertile.

    I'd really like to get one of the hens to set on a clutch and raise the poults on her own, and I'm wondering if there's anything we should do to make it easier for the hens to develop broody instincts.

    I've read a bunch of old threads here on BYC on this topic, so I have ideas for nest boxes, etc., but I welcome any suggestions anyone has.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Find the spot that they seem to like to lay in the the best and start marking the eggs layed and leave them there. once a hen starts to go broody then collect all the fresh laid eggs until you have a dozen to 18 eggs, switch out the marked eggs with the fresh eggs, wait 28 days and you are in the turkey poult biz. [​IMG] By swapping the eggs out with fresh they will hatch at the same time. With a couple hens laying they will all end up laying in the nest and will have different hatch dates.

    Steve
     

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