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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ccrawf, May 15, 2010.

  1. ccrawf

    ccrawf Songster

    Nov 6, 2009
    Springfield, Missouri
    15 May 2010.
    I have 2 turkey hens, a Bourbon red and a Blue slate that have been laying for a while now. I noticed that they had both been getting out and couldn’t find their eggs. I clipped the wings on them both, and the red started laying in the coop with the chickens. The slate some how managed to keep getting out. Several days ago, she didn’t come home at night. Saw her the next morning, and then she was gone again. Went for almost 3 days with out seeing her and was worried that some thing would get her in the night. We’ve been having a lot of thunder storms and rain, and she still didn’t come home.
    Well, this morning we found her, not far out at the edge of the yard under a wild rose bush. Tried to move her nest and she wasn’t having any part of it. There were 11 turkey eggs and 10 chicken eggs. I moved her into a small run I had built out of PVC piping, and put 9 turkey eggs in it. The rest I brought in the house and put in an incubator. Well, 30 minutes later, she hadn’t gotten on the eggs, so I opened the gate and she went back to her nest. Realizing she would stay there, took 7 eggs and put them under her and brought the other two in the house and placed in the incubator. Going to check on her in a while and try to move the cage over to cover her nest. If I can’t move her to the cage, move the cage to her, right? The eggs I have hatched from her this year (she is only a year old) have produced wonder poults that are active and grow well, so far. So I’m excited about having more, and allowing her to raise them will be special, too.
    Figured I would share this with others so they could learn, and maybe some one that has more experience than me can give me some additional advice.
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Very cool congrats .. YOu gotta love those sneaky girls....
  3. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    OOPS double post
    Last edited: May 16, 2010
  4. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    I found my hens nest a while back, and I have been watching her. She was only laying but not sitting yet. Ten days ago she started sitting. I did not have room in my incubators for her eggs so I build a box to go over her. I am not handy but I think it will work to keep her dry and safe. She had layed under a big tumble weed. It is removed now and I did give her shavings to give the eggs more protection. It is 4X4 with hardware cloth on the front. It was easy to move on top of her nest. She seems to be doing fine.
    When she is done I will paint it and put a water proof roof on it but it was slambed together fast for this purpose. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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