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Hatching turkeys under a broody chicken hen

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Serina81, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Serina81

    Serina81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some turkey eggs in the incubator and one of my chicken hens just went broody. Can I take the eggs out of the incubator and put them under her? How many turkey eggs fit under a chicken hen?
     
  2. Buffer

    Buffer Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:31,604 eggs if she is large chicken.
    If the chicken in question is a serama, maybe 2.

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  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I wouldn't recommend it. I tried this with broodies a couple of times, and it never worked out. I did have a turkey hen once that would lay her eggs in the Jersey's nestbox, probably because it was big enough to fit in.
     
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    I have the opposite issue...a turkey that just hatched chicks and another sitting on chicken eggs!
     
  5. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to use broody bantam cochins and they worked great for hatching turkeys but it did not take long for the poults to get too large for them to brood. the bantams could handle 3 to 4 large turkey eggs with no problem. I would let them go broody on their own eggs then slip their eggs out in a swap for turkey eggs then I would put the bantam eggs in the incubator. Worked great.
     
  6. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    Depends on what size the chicken is....


    Last year, my mallard hatched a turkey poult....
     
  7. Serina81

    Serina81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mottled java. She's a pretty big girl. Can I take eggs out of the incubator even though they've been in there a week?
     
  8. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah but be sure the eggs do not get jarred during the transfer because they should be developing blood vessels. I used to switch the eggs at night while using a small flashlight. The hen would stay a bit calmer and is a lot more reluctant to leave the nest when it is dark.
     
  9. turkey guru

    turkey guru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope won't work, you might get 1 or 2 to hatch, but I would pass, been there done that! tom!!
     
  10. HappyChickenMom

    HappyChickenMom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a broody hen (medium size)sitting on 6 turkey eggs now. I hope a few hatch out.[​IMG]
     

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