Turkey folks -- why are my hens laying eggs AFTER a hatch?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickenannie, May 29, 2008.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of my RB turkey hens have 2 week old chicks and have already laid 8 eggs apiece in each of their pens in new nests. Is that normal? I'm bumming because these eggs aren't fertile -- the tom is separated because he may hurt those chicks -- so I am just tossing them (no one wants to eat them). argh.
    Should I put the tom and hens together again so that I can hatch a second nest from each hen? What will the chicks do if momma is sitting on a new nest? It doesn't seem right... help?
     
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why don't you eat them?
     
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No reason in particular, but when I offer them to my egg customers, everyone says "eww" and isn't interested.
     
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats crazy, those things are good eating, and big to boot! I do think it is strange they started laying so soon btw.
     
  5. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bake a cake with them...duck eggs are good for baking to...


    Charlie
     
  6. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wilds, you have a lot of turkeys, don't you? do you know if this is normal behavior ??

    I'll find a way to use the eggs. I'd rather have more chicks though.

    Can someone answer my original question?
     
  7. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had turkeys too long, but they seem to act the same as my regular fowl. I have never seen a bird start laying that soon, and while still caring for chicks. If you want more chicks, take the babies away, put them in a brooder, and put the tom back in with them. Good luck!
     
  8. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turkey hens will stay fertile from breeding for a couple of months even if seperated from the gobbler. If she has been bred less than 2 months ago those eggs may be fertile.
     

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