Just found 2 turkey eggs

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Hummingbird Hollow, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 Narragansett turkeys, 2 toms and 3 hens. They are about 24 weeks old. Today I found two turkey eggs in the turkey house. I was very surprised. Although this is my third fall with turkeys (Royal Palm the first year and Bourbon Reds the second) they have always been butchered by Thanksgiving and I've never before found eggs. Do you think they could be fertile? I don't have an incubator but I'd be tempted to rush order one if you thought there was a chance I could incubate these two...and perhaps a few more if they arrive.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you have seen mating they should be fertile, but even if you haven't I would certainly try incubating them.
     
  3. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never actually seen any mating take place. These eggs are not any bigger than chicken eggs. I know that when pullets first start laying their eggs are tiny for the first few weeks. Is this the same with turkeys?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I think so, I can't remember, it's been a couple of years, curious as to why don't you keep a Tom and hen to make your own.

    I guess you are suppose to wait for a bit larger eggs before trying to incubate them so you don't get little runts.
     
  5. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly, I'd love to keep a tom and two of these hens for breeding purposes. I've kind of made a deal with my husband that I won't continue to add to my little hobby farm. He's surrendered to my laying hens, and the fact that I have meat chickens and turkeys (and I snuck in some ducks this spring) but that by winter only the layers are left. He really wants to be able to drop everything and get away on a regular basis and the more animals we have the more difficult it is to find someone to care for them. Thus starting fresh each spring.
     

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