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Gobbler setting on eggs? Has anyone had this experience?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Benelli, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Benelli

    Benelli Songster

    Sep 18, 2009
    The hen abandoned the nest and the Narr. tom took over setting on the eggs.

  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Yes, and he usually willl brake them! He is just too heavy.
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    yep, mine liked to "help" and he usually broke one or two when he did.
  4. bramblebrae

    bramblebrae In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    Ridgefield, WA
    I had a Rio Grande male that we called Metro (after "metrosexual".....). I had a lot of toms at that point, and I guess that took the pressure off him to be macho, so he was allowed to be true to his own nature - which was to hang out with the hens, rarely ever gobble, never displayed until he was middle-aged and I had fewer toms. He was a little bit smaller than the other males by maybe a few pounds, not a lot. He took turns sitting with the hens, not every time but when I had stressed hens, or not enough to cover effectively, and you never saw a bird take more care with eggs - even the hens looked casual in comparison. He protected the hens during a dog attack and sustained wounds that he healed from. He was a dynamite bird. I miss old Metro. I have a pic somewhere I'll have to dig up.

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