I have a Turkey question.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by justusnak, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I have a pair of Royal Palms.....they are about.....21...22 weeks old. I know NOTHING about turkey behaviour. Do they lay like chickens?? Or only spring? Just wondering if there was a need to HURRY and get a nest box in there with them??
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Our Royal's first eggs were laid when she was six months (Dec.) old. Both she and the slate hen were pretty spotty with the egg laying until May. They would start a nest and lay eggs but return to the shed in the evenings. Once they had what they considered to be an acceptable number of eggs in the clutch they would go broody. Set up some nesting boxes but, be aware, the turkey hens can get pretty adamant about where they want to nest (need lots of redirection sometimes - lock `em up where you want them to nest).

    You'll know when they're getting into the `mode' when you hear them making plaintive `whoot', `whoot', `whoot' calls and walking off into the woods paying a lot of attention to cozy bramble overhangs - off to lay an egg (track `em down, grab the egg(s), place `em in nest box in secure pen). Once they go broody they'll usually only leave the nest once every few days to eat/drink dirt bathe/ poop.

    Oh, they can get pretty aggressive when broody, watch your hands!
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Thanks Ivan.....I dont plan to let mine free range. They have a large fenced in yard...covered...and will have a large coop...Ijust dont want to lose them to predators. Adam and Eve, ( my pair) have to repopluate!! LOL
  4. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2007

    Looks like would might both be getting turkey eggs in Nov. then. I ended up with two females and one Tom.
    Now when do ducks start laying?

  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Thats great Kim!! Glad we both got at least one of each! We named our Adam and Eve...well DH did. They are doing great, I cant thank you enough!!
    As for the ducks....Hmmmm....maybe about the same time as the turkeys??
  6. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2007
    kensington, maryland
    I love the names! I have two royal palms too, and I named them Pilgrim and Pumpkin.

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