think she'll resume laying? (update post #10: now laying AGAIN!)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by patandchickens, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I have this woefully-late-maturing pair of heritage bronzes I got at an auction last fall, they are now 1 yr old.

    The hen did not start laying til early May. Around June 1, she went broody. Sat on 4 eggs like a *champ*, but because I was a moron and did not separate her from the tom, they got crushed -- the last one was ruined on Jun 20, I took its remains away from her and she stopped being broody.

    That was a week ago; she has not laid since; and I am wondering whether she is LIKELY to lay any more this year, especially after having been setting for 3 wks which I'm sure is hard on the body? But then I really don't know how long turkeys usually lay for.

    The reason I'm asking is b/c I am trying to plan incubator and pen use for the rest of the summer.

    Thanks for any input,

    Pat
     
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  2. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    As with wild animals.. you never know..

    My guess.. threw what my turkeys have shown me... thats it until next year... I dont know if turkeys breed in the fall.. Ill have to look into that.. This is my 1st full year with turkeys... every day is a learning experience.
     
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  3. Tunastopper

    Tunastopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my broody hens went back to laying. They will lay as long as it does not get to hot. Mine also lay in the fall.
     
  4. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That explains why they stopped.. Im in a Heat Index of 110 right now.. Yes.. its hot.
     
  5. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens raising 3, 5 week olds and she has laid 6 eggs in 6 days
     
  6. Jmiller429

    Jmiller429 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know if you can keep domestics laying throughout the fall, but Wild birds will very rarely if even lay eggs past early june
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    In case anyone is interested, the answer to the original question was Yes. She resumed laying in mid-July, I have 6 of her eggs on day 6 in the incubator at present, and she is on approximately day 4-5 of a new bout of broodiness on four eggs.

    Her stompy tom "husband" is SO going into the freezer as soon as I know she is really firmly broody and that the incubator eggs are 'going' ok, but her OWN future here is definitely assured [​IMG]

    Pat
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Our Bourbon Reds and Royal Palms are still laying good the others have pretty much quit. We quit setting eggs though a while back.

    Steve
     
  9. poultryfan73

    poultryfan73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Good grief, she's at it again! After an ultimately-failed-but-not-her-fault broody spell in June, she resumed laying and went broody again a couple weeks later. Because she did not stop laying for a while when she started setting, she ended up with a *really* staggered hatch (8 day spread) so I left her the first-hatched poult to raise, and put the other eggs into the hatcher in the basement.

    So, she's been mommying her poult since mid-August (and I just sold the ones out of the hatcher)... and yesterday she laid another egg! [​IMG]

    She has *definitely* earned herself a permanent place here. (The poults' sire, otoh, was a stompy ol' pain in the butt and has been in the freezer since she started setting again back in July)


    Pat
     

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