I knew this would happen but I didn't count on it raining for several days when it did. Mamas hatched their eggs and swiped the poults. I had hopes that they would come looking for a bite to eat after the babes hatched but it seems they stole away to the woods. I really don't want to go chasing after them because I would imagine they will just go farther away but I want my babies back! I waited so long and checked them from afar every day this last week waiting for those little fuzz balls to appear and the low down stinky mamas hatched them out while I was at work. I came home to an empty nest and little popped open shells, but no babies. I can hear the mamas just out of sight and I know they won't go far because there is a creek that they won't cross about 15 feet from the edge of the pasture. Does anyone know if they will bring the babies back to the nest for the night or is it instinct to move away from the egg shells? And do the mamas eat some of the shells, they did not seem to be all there. Should have been 17, looked like no more that 8 or so. At first I thought something had gotten them, but there are no feathers, the eggshells that were there looked like they had been zipped, there were no failed attempt eggs and one would wager that all the eggs could not have hatched, so that leads me to believe that the hens cleaned up the nest site themselves. I don't really know what to think. Maybe I will just put out some feed and water and try to catch a glimpse. I don't think I can lure a turkey in by other means, our tom certainly has been trying to get his girls back to no avail! Oh those free spirits!