This is my first season attempting to breed bourbon reds. All was going well I had eggs and hens sitting on them. Then I started finding cracked eggs. I thought it was just random then it got worse. I found a dead almost fully formed poult, then another. I moved the hen to a different nest box as I thought maybe the ground was too hard/rocky where she was. I now am down to 2 eggs that I took from her a few days ago - then my homemade incubator temperature spiked! I am going to give those eggs a few more days but I think those poults are dead as well. Back to the broken eggs... I finally found the cause. My stupid *insert dirty words here* tom was cramming himself into the nesting box with the hen(s) stepping all over eggs trying to mate the setting girls. BIG IDIOT! I put a front cover on a nestbox last night with an opening large enough for a hen but too small for a fluffed up tom. Problem solved? Then I decided to candle a few eggs - 3 clears! Ugh it appears my tom(s) may have only been mating the 2 nesting hens. I am going to clean out all my nesting boxes tonight, fresh straw etc and make sure they all have a cover to prevent overzealous toms. I shall candle all the eggs they have been setting on for over a week now and if they are all clear then I will be starting this breeding season over! I am almost to the point where I will break down and buy an incubator. From my original 20 eggs in the first nest I have 2 eggs left - and they are probably dead. I have no desire to bury more poults. The turkeys are in a 20x 40 pen with 4 nesting boxes. I have 4 hens and 2 toms. Advice?