My turkey hen hatched 2 "churkeys" today, lol - update

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickenchick99, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. chickenchick99

    chickenchick99 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen went broody and has been sitting on 3 chicken eggs. 2 hatched today and she has them under her, in a corner of the barn but still hasn't moved to eat or drink as she is still sitting on one egg. If it hasn't hatched by tomorrow should I take it away so she can care for the chicks? Should I move her and the chicks to somewhere safer than amongst all of my chickens and turkeys? (They free range) Do I need to get chick starter? Anything else I need? I am fairly new to keeping birds.
    Any advice would be appreciated
     
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  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience hens usually will not venture from the nest the first day after hatching, she will wait until the following day to take the chicks out to feed and explore.
     
  3. chickenchick99

    chickenchick99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. We'll see what happens today. So she will just abandon that 3rd egg? I think it appeared a week after she was already laying on the other two so it probably has a week to go, I hate to just discard it - I'm thinking she got up for a little water break and one of the chickens made a deposit :)
    I have only raised day olds in an incubator once. So they'll venture out with her but stay under her to stay warm? Do I put food out? They are crammed into a very small corner beside the wood bin and there is no room for me to put out food and water
     
  4. SqueakyRoseShalom

    SqueakyRoseShalom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on the hatch! You definitely need to get some chick starter for the baby chicks. It's fine if the whole flock eats the chick starter as long as you put oyster shell or crushed egg shells out for the laying hens. They also have to have access to water right away and be sure to keep it clean. They will be fine without food for the first day, but get them water. I'm not sure how protective broody turkeys are, but when my broody hens hatch some eggs, they usually raise the chicks as well, protecting them from others in the flock and keeping them warm, etc. As for the last egg, if it is a whole week behind the other two, then yes, she will probably abandon it for the sake of raising the other two. If you still have the incubator, you can set the egg in the incubator and still try to hatch it. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickenchick99

    chickenchick99 Out Of The Brooder

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    She abandoned the egg and is such a great mama! I had the 3 in a separate stall in the barn but I could tell she wanted to get out so I carried the chicks out to a fenced in outdoor pen (away from my other chickens) and she followed. It was a warm sunny day so the chicks explored and then quite often went under mama for a bit to warm up. I put out chick starter and water and did not see them go near either so I'm a little worried about the water. I moved the food, water, chicks and mama back into their barn stall this evening.
    I borrowed an incubator and put the egg in. Never candled, maybe I'll look that up. It's an old fashioned foam thing. Is it enough to turn the egg twice per day? What happens if it hatches while I'm out or something? Never done this before.....
    Also, when is it safe for mama and babies to join the general population? I feel like they're just too small now and I would rather keep them a little confined so I know where they are
     

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