How many times a year do turkey hens hatch babies?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Body Thief, May 7, 2012.

  1. Body Thief

    Body Thief Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2012
    I know that they only breed once a year but can the hens store sperm for the rest of the year and have more than one batch of poults?
  2. doop

    doop Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    n.e minnesota
    I don't know if they will raise more than one batch of chicks in a season or not. But they will breed numerous times throughout spring and summer, and one breeding can keep eggs fertile for up to several weeks.
  3. DeannaOR

    DeannaOR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    Colton, Oregon
    I've been reading that they do breed quite a bit and keep the sperm from a mating in their oviduct for up to 4 weeks. I don't know if they will raise more than one bunch a season. I think that if you take the poults..they will. I'm learning too. My girl has 6 eggs so far and I'm so excited =)
  4. FarmGirlPam

    FarmGirlPam Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2016
    Lower Alabama
    Hi, I saw your question, and I was wondering the same. I have a turkey hen who hatched out 13 chicks in April. I noticed about a week ago, she started "flirting" with the Toms again. About 4 days ago, she started laying eggs. She still takes care of her chicks. I also noticed about 2-3 weeks ago, one of the Toms stays with her and takes care of the chicks, he even started gathering them up at night and sleeping with about half while the Hen sleep with the other half. He stays with the chicks while she's on the nest. I'll have to wait and see if she will actually set on the eggs. I'm hoping she does.

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