Hen or Incubator????

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by turkeyschicken, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. turkeyschicken

    turkeyschicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 18, 2012
    Stillwater , Ok
    I'm getting 20 wild turkey eggs and I was just wondering if I should just incubate them or could I try a few under some chicken hens? I have 2 Rhode Island Red hens , New Hampshire red hen and 5 white leghorn hens. Has anybody done this and had a better turn out with the chickens?

    Thanks for any info
  2. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2011
    ES of MD , USA
    If the chickens are not looking broody I would always have a back up plan aka incubator.
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    In my limited experience . . .

    My chicks brooded with a hen are wilder ( read, RUN away) than those poults I raised by hand. Not sure if you were planning on the hen also doing the brooding.

    I have reliable broody hens-- reliable when the suddenly show up with chicks in tow. Are any of your girls confirmed broodies? I never know when a girl will go broodie-- I collect when I have a confirmed broodie.

    I would use the incubator until you have a confirmed broodie, then move the eggs. Be ready to take the eggs back though.

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