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Three Hens

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Stacykins, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    I purchased some Sweetgrass turkey hatching eggs this year from a seller who packaged them so poorly that I am surprised any made it through the postal system. Eggs were smashed, smelly, and disgusting. Nonetheless, three managed to hatch from the few that were not broken. I was a little put out at the time, so I didn't purchase more eggs from someone else. It sucks shelling out the cash to someone who doesn't understand how to pack eggs in a sensible way...

    All three are hens. So much for hoping for a breeding pair, potentially. I think it is too late in the year to start raising up some more turkeys for hope for a tom...

    So my question is, do wild turkeys ever breed with domestic ones? As the weather gets cooler, I know I'll see more of the wild turkeys as they comb the nearby fields for bits of corn left behind from the harvest. Will the toms notice my (free ranging) hens? Obviously any resulting chicks from a pairing will not be allowed to become wild, nay, they'd be butchered. But it would save me the trouble of finding a domestic tom that isn't a jerk. I'd rather hand raise a tom to be friendly.
     
  2. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Overrun With Chickens

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    I am not sure who you got your Sweetgrass eggs from, but I bought some from Arielle and all of mine arrived in perfect shape and they all hatched. She sales eggs on the 24 hr. auction thread or lists them on the BST forum.
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Not from here, I wish I had.
     
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    chickadoodles Overrun With Chickens

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