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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dancingbear, Apr 24, 2009.
Who's tried hatching turkey eggs under a broody chicken? How did it turn out? Thanks!
I have 3 turkey eggs under one of my broody silkies (Thats all of those big suckers she could handle...LOL) We are on day 4 so far so good. I guess we will see in another 24 days.
Quote:My mother always used broody hen to hatch turkeys and ducks with great success.
I was a kid then and I was sorry for the hen sitting on eggs one extra week.
I wondered how this would work seeing as how they take an extra week to hatch. So, they don't get tired of waiting huh?
Quote:I had a little red hen that a turkey decided to nest with.
This really messed things up badly... Stinking mess.. and I mean stink.. Just a few days from the 21..
I finally put the turkey outside... cleaned the nest up.. threw a phoony egg in and the little red hen jumped on it..
I then took 5 chicken eggs and put under her which she set on for 2 weeks..
BUT I then messed up and put 8 little baby chicks in the same room with her.. She decided then that she wanted to be momma...
So then had to take the cold eggs and got 2 hatched out of 4 I put in the incubator..
So I'd say if like my hen they will keep setting on them a good while
I had a silkie hen sit for 6 weeks before so Yes I believe if she is a really good broody then she will sit as long as it takes to get her some babies.
My girl has been sitting on her 3 turkey eggs for 7 days now..
I've had hens brood straw for weeks on end. Time won't be a problem, I was wondering about the body temp. Chciks need 100F, the charts say 99F for turkeys. I'm thinking a chicken probably can't keep those big turkey eggs quite as warm as they do chicken eggs, so it probably works out just fine.
Pascopol, nice to know of some successes.