Is it normal for tom to incubate?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bolaji, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. Bolaji

    Bolaji New Egg

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    I have a female that has laid up to 40 eggs for over 2month(Aug-Oct). The male and female were caged before. When i move to a new site where there are bushes around us,d female starts laying in the bush.i left it,only not to find both turkeys again. One after i went to the bush and saw the tom lying beside the female.i drove it off,only to find eggs underneath the tom.wow! Then i knew the female was incubating. I went to check on them the next day and found the tom with eggs again,this time,he took al the eggs from the female and she was just laying on empty ground.i'm confuse. Does tom really incubate? Today,the tom is here with the eggs under him.should lock him up or allow him incubate?will he hatch the eggs just as the females do?
     
  2. DuckieLover2014

    DuckieLover2014 Out Of The Brooder

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    Weird. My worry would be the Mom straying away from them. And will Tom hurt them after they hatch? Will Tom stray away after there hatched and leave behind confusied or much needed care for them as babies??
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I don't know a thing about Turkeys, but in many breeds of Gamebirds, males do incubate. I keep quail and my males incubate eggs all the time. But you might want to ask this question in our Turkeys section for more help from those "Tom" experts. :) https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/20/turkeys

    Good luck and I hope you get a great hatch!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2014
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    That is really interesting. I know Emu males incubate the eggs, & also penguins, never knew anyone with turkeys. Welcome to BYC- hope you will pass on any comments made by the turkey people.
     
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    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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