Missing turkey??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by MissD'uccle, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. MissD'uccle

    MissD'uccle Cluck of My Life

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    Ok ya'll I need your opinions. I have a Royal Palm hen that has gone missing. I have a small flock of them and about a week ago I noticed that I was only getting one turkey egg a day, where I normally got three to four. Anyways, a couple days ago one of my hens went "missing". A second hen disappears during the day but comes back at night. The."missing" hen hasnt been back for four or five days. I have not found any signs of an attack, nor have I lost any other birds (chickens or turkey). Ideas? I'm hoping shes ok? Or should I stop being optimistic?? [​IMG]
     
  2. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could she be broody, off on a hidden nest someplace?
     
  3. MissD'uccle

    MissD'uccle Cluck of My Life

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    Quote:Thats what Im hoping? [​IMG] This is my first spring with turkey and most of my free range chickens keep their nests pretty "findable" but I cant find the turkey. Are they hiders? LOL. I am surrounded by woods, do you think she would go into the woods to hide her nest? They dont normally go too far into them, but occasionally go into the edges.
     
  4. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm not sure, i've only had my turkeys for about 2 weeks and they're approximately that old also [​IMG]

    but we've got wild turkeys around my property, and they always nest in the forest.
     
  5. MissD'uccle

    MissD'uccle Cluck of My Life

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    Haha! Ill hope then! And Im going on a super trek to see if I can find her this weekend! Would be awesome to find her on a nest!
     
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to guess she's broody. The weather is right and so is the season. It sounds like she was laying the eggs for a few days before she decided to set. Look for any lean-to's she may be able to nest under. I had a palm go broody under a piece of wood leaning up against the wall in the cluttered area of the "extra pile of materials" area.

    Good luck in finding her!
     
  7. MissD'uccle

    MissD'uccle Cluck of My Life

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    Quote:Thanks, I'll start the search looking for those types of areas! What a naughty turkey, running off and hiding so!
     
  8. cowdogcadillac

    cowdogcadillac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a Royal Palm Tom leave for a few days but he just went out for a quart of milk and a pack of smokes. He showed up after a few days. She's probably hunkered down in the woods. Luckily it's a Royal Palm,maybe easier to find then a black and brown breed. Good Luck!![​IMG]
     
  9. MissD'uccle

    MissD'uccle Cluck of My Life

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    Quote:[​IMG]

    His hens must have been being particularly "broody" [​IMG]
     
  10. Breac

    Breac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my royal palms 'disappeared' after I let her free-range for a month or so. Turns out she had gone broody in a bush near the driveway and I never noticed until she gave up on the nest a few weeks later. I hope your turkey is in a similar situation!
     

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