New to raising Kentucky Bourbon Reds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by cheesychicken, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. cheesychicken

    cheesychicken Hatching

    Jul 3, 2013
    I live in the southeast part of Michigan in Monroe County

    I purchased some Kentucky Bourbon Red Turkeys last spring (2014). I have 3 hens and a tom that I will be using for breeding.

    When should I allow them to access their nest boxes to start laying and when should I expect them to start laying?

    About how many eggs a week will these hens lay a week and about how many for the season? When does the season usually end?

    The plan is to collect the eggs to hatch in a incubator.

  2. JonathanL23

    JonathanL23 Chirping

    Nov 20, 2014
    From what i read in a book im currently reading Mating season is April-June when the weather starts to get nice and they get lots of sun. As for eggs im not sure each hen should lay around a dozen. If you wanted to eat turkey eggs i hear laying mash helps. make sure you read on how to incubate you have to turn the eggs every 8 hours for 25 days and then let they be for the final 3. the humidity has to be 50% i think.
  3. MontgomeryTX

    MontgomeryTX In the Brooder

    May 7, 2013
    All of my bourbons started laying in April the year after they were hatched. We get about 4 a week from each hen. We incubate all the eggs. The ones that we have let the turkeys hatch dont seem to survive long.

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