Mixed species

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Athiena14, May 17, 2019.

  1. Athiena14

    Athiena14 Songster

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    Is it possible for a female Turkey to raise duck and chickens at the same time? My female was sitting on chicken eggs due to hers almost all being eaten. I grabbed her last ones to put in the incubator and gave her chicken eggs. Yesterday my power went out while 3 ducklings were hatching. I freaked out a little bit and put them under the Turkey to hatch out the rest of the way. Power was out for 3 hours. I was a little worried.

    She now has 3 ducklings and 4 chicks under her XD she hasnt gotten up yet to take them around. When she does will she notice the difference? I'm worried about her attacking the chicks that hatched after the ducklings.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    It all depends on the hen. I'd be afraid the hen will step on them, but you never know.
     
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    She was very careful with the eggs. Not a one got cracked. Luckily tomorrow is a Saturday and can watch her all day
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    I will be interested in seeing how it goes. :)
     
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    Its 2 silkies and 2 mix breeds
     
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    She ended up rejecting the silkies. She moved off the nest a bit, and the silkies were still in the nest huddled up. I'm wondering if it was because they were different colors than the other chicks and ducklings
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Yeah turkeys are weird. So she took the rest? In my limited experiences letting a turkey hen raise poults they seemed prone to leaving some behind. It's always best to limit their area that first week so they don't wander off too far.
     
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    She took the rest. She was trying to leave the nest, but the rest wouldnt follow. She went back and set down on the 5. She keeps trying to get them to move with her
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    The problem is her legs are long and the babies are tiny and clumsy. Keep an eye on them so they don't get chilled or left behind.

    I would probably freak out and pull them all but I'm just a very cautious person. I couldn't take the stress. :)
     
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    I've been watching and she doesnt want to leave them
     
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