Mmm, Turkey Eggs!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SkyWarrior, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I discovered, much to my surprise that Thanksgiving Tom is Thanksgiving Hen. She's fallen in love with me [​IMG] [​IMG] and waits for me to show up and croons and does the mating squat. (This is so wrong! [​IMG] ) Anyway, she's been laying eggs for me. Today I had a turkey egg.

    Oh my goodness! Those are good! [​IMG] They're better than chicken eggs!

    Now, I have to wonder if I'm really going to make her my Thanksgiving dinner. She's a BB white with a lot of personality, but I've heard they don't last long because of their breeding. She's also gimpy after the geese beat her up. [​IMG] She is now in a different pen.

    Is it true BB whites really don't live longer than a year or so before they break down?
     
  2. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a BBW for 3 years. She dies from a attack protecting her babies. I have a BBB tom that is 5 years old. Its rare but some do live a normal life if they get through the first year without gaining to much weight.
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm glad to hear that you found the eggs so tasty. I look forward to being able to try them next year.

    At what age does a turkey hen begin to lay? Since they're larger birds, I was assuming that they would take longer to mature than a smaller bird like a chicken, and was therefore thinking they would probably begin to lay at about 8 or 9 months.

    But, you know what they say about assuming.
     
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:Yeah, I thought she was a tom turkey until she started laying! [​IMG]

    I bought her as a chick on April 8th of this year and she started laying at the beginning of the month, so I'm thinking right around 6 months. Because I thought she was a tom, I didn't bother with oyster shell and she laid really soft eggs that I didn't catch until about the second one in. Since I wasn't sure if it was her or the ducks (I have two girls who had laid earlier in the year), I put some oyster shell out. Imagine my surprise when I saw that first hard-shelled turkey egg! No mistaking that!

    So far, she's put out about 10 eggs total between the hard and soft shells. About 6 hard ones and 4 soft shells, but the oyster shell really made a difference.
     

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