Question about Turkey sitting on Chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pebblessix, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. pebblessix

    pebblessix In the Brooder

    My hen laid 3 eggs on our Turkey's nest. If these eggs hatch, will my Turkey raise them or harm them? Thank you.
  2. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Depends on the turkey, chances are she will raise them
  3. pebblessix

    pebblessix In the Brooder

    Thank you. I have been worried about this and appreciate your answer.
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I disagree. There is always the chance once they hatch she will 'know' they are not turkeys and kill them. The same way ducks will kill chicks or chickens will kill ducks, etc. I hope she takes good care of them but be aware things can go very wrong.
  5. pebblessix

    pebblessix In the Brooder

    I am watching very closely and counting days till they should hatch. My thinking is I should pull them off the nest when they start to break through. What do you think?
  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    We have had turkeys hatch out chickens often. The only problem we ever had was the turkey hen weighs alot more than a chicken hen so she would tend to step on the eggs and break them.

    Steve in NC
  7. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    I let one of my turkeys set a clutch of eggs once and she broke more than she hatched.
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    If your turkey hen is setting on both chicken and turkey eggs. She will leave the nest after the chicken hatch. Best to pull the chicks same reason, she could step on them or put to much weight on them when brooding them.

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