Strange Turkey Behaviour!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by justusnak, May 4, 2009.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    OK, here is the scene..LOL
    About 8 to 10 weeks ago, my turkey hatched out her nest. The babies are growing well and need momma less and less. Now, today I go in there...is another nest...with eggs in it!! She is the only laying hen I have...so they HAVE to be hers....I didnt know they would lay 2 sets in one year??
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Lucky you, Debbie, my turkeys are just weeks old. So I can't help but thrilled you have turkeys, don't you just love them?
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Oh yes..I love my turkeys! My Royal palm tom is soooo pretty. He is breeding with a Blue Slate hen...thier babies are GORGOUS!!
     
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Well, this is my first time with turkeys and I am in love [​IMG] You must post some pics!!
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Ok, these are not the best pics...but its what I have now...here is Momma..Shadow...with her babies.
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  6. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    oh, that mama is pretty and those babies are so cute! How old are they now? I still have mine in a brooder box out in the coop with a light over them. I am afraid to turn them loose just yet. I have read so much about how delicate baby turkeys are so I am waiting on turning them loose into the summer brooder box, which is on the floor and just has chicken wire around the sides and top. they are now in a solid box about three feet off the floor with screened windows in the lid with lamps setting on the screen. think I am over protective? LOL when can I turn them loose into the floor brooder box? When can I turn them into the run? I am nuts about the turkeys....can you tell?? LOL OH, I had to put Scrapper(little brown rescue roo) into a pen by himself before the big blue roo kills him. Scrapper thinks he is as big as the big blue orp and I don't want to lose him. I told my dh I had better move the two young cockerals out there with him so he won't be lonely and poor Capt. Jack better go out there, too. I heard him screaming(like a girl!)this evening when the blue roo went into the coop. Poor little guys.
     
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I would say...if they have feathered out....turn em out. You might want to leave the light on, dureing the cooler nights. But, beware...at just a few weeks old...mine were flying up on top of the 8 ft fence!! I quickly covered it after one flew into the Barred Rock pen, and they killed it. [​IMG] Mine still get under mommas wings...or even under the Toms wings at night. Wierd turkeys I tell ya! If you turn them out...make sure they have a place to get up off the ground at night, but keep the light covered with wire, they are not too smart, and WILL try to roost ON the light. [​IMG]
     
  8. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes they can lay 2-3 clutches a year you might even get another in the fall ??
     
  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Quote:Thanks....I was just worried this would be hard on her...whew...I have a GOOD layer then! LOL
     
  10. ozark hen

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    Quote:[​IMG] wow, they fly that high at such a young age? Ok, that does it, they don't come out of the solid box for another couple weeks and then they have to stay in the summer brooder(has a lid)...maybe forever! LOL Thanks Deb.
     

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