hatching poults

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by heyjude1, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. heyjude1

    heyjude1 Out Of The Brooder

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    My turkey babies are hatching!!! Four out of thirteen eggs hatched yesterday and I can't see if any more have today, as my hen is sitting tight to the nest!! they are the sweetest little things... Now my dilemna... are they safe being left under the hen? She is separate from the Tom, so that is not an issue... I just am wondering, since everyone tells me how hard turkeys are to raise, whether I should remove them or just let mother nature take it's course..
    They have starter feed and water in their little space and Mama has hers too.. They are settled in straw.. I do open the small doorway with a blockade so the babies can't leave...Everything is fenced and protected even if they did manage to escape..
    I would appreciate any and all advice as to what my next step should be as these are my first hatches...
    thank you in advance for your time and patience...
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Sounds like you're well set up for a hen raised brood. I say let her keep them.
     
  3. heyjude1

    heyjude1 Out Of The Brooder

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    She is doing such a GREAT job and I have decided to take your advice and leave her to raise her babies..It's gonna be pretty damp and chilly for the next few days and I'm hoping Gerty can keep all those babies warm... I may not even open her coop today and hope whatever heat they have they'll keep..
    Thank you for your input I really appreciate it...
     

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