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turkey hatching/brooding chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jacrawley, May 14, 2009.

  1. jacrawley

    jacrawley New Egg

    Jan 8, 2009
    I have a broody turkey who has no eggs but continues to sit and sit well past the 28 days. She did this last year for about 3 months. I was thinking of putting her on some chicken eggs tonight. When they hatch will she brood them or reject them?

  2. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Save her the hardship of another 18 days and just put chicks under her at night. Too long is not good for her.
  3. jacrawley

    jacrawley New Egg

    Jan 8, 2009
    That would be a good idea if I had a way to hatch the chicks but I do not. Does anyone know if the chicks will take to the turkey after hatching?

  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don`t see why she wouldn`t brood them. Might be a problem with her size, e.i., crushing them. I`ve had many hens set for extended periods and stay healthy, so I don`t believe that is a problem. If she gives it up in the middle of the term, you`ve only lost eggs.......Pop
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Oh Lord, broody turkey hens are the WORST!!!! I have one that has done the same thing so I finally gave her 3 mutt chicken eggs and she has 3 baby chickens!!!!! LOL she will whoop your tail if you get close to them too. I saw her attack a sheep today that grazed a little too closely. She has been THE BEST Mama ever and now I wish I had let her have turkey eggs.
  6. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I have a question about my turkey hen. She has laid a total of about 30 eggs...she sets on them for part of the day and then up for the other part. She has broken so many eggs that she starts laying more. Should I just start taking all the eggs away from her?

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