New from Alaska...My turkey started laying last summer, how long will it produce eggs?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AK Chick, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2016
    We got our first chickens 3 years ago, and put a turkey in with them last summer. We named her Thanksgiving and started feeding her accordingly, giving her lots of fresh greens, good feed,etc. and then she started laying every day. At least one a day, and every 10 days or so, two a day. So we have kept her and wondered why she would lay with no male turkey, and only a rooster and hens in with her. A neighbor said it was pheromones from the rooster. Does anyone know why this happened, and how long she will produce eggs? She has been productive,and saved herself from the chopping block literally:) She's about 15 lbs. and is a Bronze Breasted Turkey.
  2. pogmobum

    pogmobum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2013
    Just like chickens they can lay without a male Turkey no problem, mine always did anyways, the only thing is my bronze turkey ended up having a prolapse (straining to lay and her insides became outsides[​IMG]) after a while and died most likely because bronze turkeys are more breed to gain weight quickly and then be dinner [​IMG] not made to last.
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run. :frow
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  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    So sorry for your loss. :hugs
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  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Female birds do not require a male to lay eggs. If you want fertile eggs, then you need a male. But just to lay eggs, no male is required.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If she did breed with a Tom, you could incubate the eggs and have more dinners growing up. Sounds like she's a good girl and deserves a reprieve.
  8. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2016
    Thanks! Everyone is so friendly and informative.
  9. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2016
    That's a good idea:) I don't think I have enough room for a Tom just yet, though. I think I'll try incubating eggs next Spring. I have so many projects this Spring! The garden is calling to me...
    Putting in a new vegetable garden is so much work!
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    Hi and welcome to BYC! The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken, turkey, duck etc.

    Joining your state thread (just type your state in the search box) will also put you in contact with other BYC members in your area.


    The members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.

    All the best

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