It has started laying!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by FARKESU, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. FARKESU

    FARKESU Out Of The Brooder

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    Wao! My turkey hen has started laying during the weekend, the first in its life (as it was brought to me 2 months old) though there was no tom until last Thursday 2nd March, 2017. The question is can the eggs hatched being that the tom was brought to the flock 3 days before the laying? How long will it takes to have a fertile eggs after mating?
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    My experience is that even with regular breedings that the first egg is usually not fertile. If the hen was already laying before getting bred, it takes several days before the eggs are fertile. If your hen got bred the first day that the tom was there, her eggs could be fertile now.

    Good luck.
     
  3. FARKESU

    FARKESU Out Of The Brooder

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    Please can mice temper with my turkey eggs? I've been seing them at the area where my turkey hen chosed to lay her eggs though i cleared the surrounding and made some good nesting for her.
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Make sure that you are not feeding anything near the nest.

    I have not had mice bother any eggs but then all my poultry hunt and eat mice. During the winter of 2015-2016, I had voles work their way into my guinea coop. By the time I was ready to deal with them in the spring there were no more voles. The guineas had gotten every single one of them.

    Good luck.
     
  5. FARKESU

    FARKESU Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you very much @R2elk.
     
  6. Gorman Farm

    Gorman Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May I ask what sweetgrass turkeys are? Do you have a pic?
     
  7. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    WV boy here!
    [​IMG]Congrats! I got my first egg from my Bourbon Red just a few days ago as well!


     
  8. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    These are just a few pics.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/966414/a-century-of-turkey-talk-2000-2100/12000#post_18135072

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/966414/a-century-of-turkey-talk-2000-2100/12000#post_18135078

    Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys is a great place to learn about the different color varieties of heritage turkeys. Just hover the More button and select which variety that you want to view.
     
  9. Gorman Farm

    Gorman Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow really pretty...
     
  10. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    WV boy here!
    I agree! I'd like to get some someday!
     

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