Okay, my broody turkey has been sitting on her eggs for close to 3-1/2 - 4 weeks (I was gone when she started sitting, so no clue really). This morning when she came off her nest to do her morning thing she was carrying an egg. I went down and checked the nest first and saw only 1 egg (she was sitting close to a dozen, rest must be burried) and the shell had been picked away. Then, I went into the pen to get the egg she carried away from the nest. It too was devoid of shell (except for a few bits still clinging to it) and had a fully formed, but dead, poult inside with head still fully tucked under wing. The membrane was ruptured along the top of the egg. The poult looked like it could just jump up and start peeping except for a cut on its neck (either from momma carrying it or the chickens picking at it after she dropped it). It was also still limber (sorry if that is too graphic) so it must not have been dead long. I have never hatched turkeys before but assume that the hen does not normally peel away the shell for the chicks. What is going on? This is an experienced broody who has hatched 2-3 clutches a year for 3 or 4 years prior to this. Also, is it normal for her to bury her eggs? Will they be okay? Or this hatch just a bust? I do not know if it matters, but the stubborn turkey insisted on having her nest outdoor at the bottom of the pen. I was a little concerned about her outdoor nest, but figured that was the way they do it in the wild so she should be okay. We think she is a bronze turkey.