Turkey Hen Broody?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by oharamr, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. oharamr

    oharamr Out Of The Brooder

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    Got home from work today and my turkey hen was on her nest of eggs. Its been about 3 hours and she still there. Had to go in her pen to feed her and she raises her feathers when she sees me. Is this a good sign she might be broody? Probably to early to tell, just really excited, its my first time.LOL I'll check after dark and see if she roost outside with Thomas like normal.
     
  2. oharamr

    oharamr Out Of The Brooder

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    well guess Thomas is sleeping outside alone. She is still on the nest, now just have to find a good time to swap her eggs I have been keeping inside. Then wait patiently for 28 days..............
     
  3. oharamr

    oharamr Out Of The Brooder

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    UPDATE: Today turkey hen spent most of day outside in her run. But as evening came she is back on next. So hopefully tomorrow if she gets off the nest I can put the eggs in the nest I've been keeping inside. I would try to put them under her but she hisses at me, so I wait till she off.
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I'd wait till she's off, although I often lay the eggs in front of them so they can push them under them when I leave. Either way works for me, - sounds like she's going broody. It might take a few more eggs before she sits down finally. I have duck, chicken and turkey eggs under mine... and soon to also be peafowl eggs if they'd get to laying. [​IMG]
     
  5. oharamr

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    UPDATE 2: I was able to get eggs in nest today, she has 15. I just got home and she is back on nest. This will be the third night she has been on nest, but she spends most of the daylight hours outside in her run, mostly pacing fence and calling out. I hope this is normal, just glad she is sitting on eggs at night because its still getting below freezing here at night.
     
  6. oharamr

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    Update 3: I got home from work yesterday and I noticed broken egg shells in outside run. Then when I checked on hen she had a few eggs out from under her and one of those was broke. I took it and finished breaking it outside and did notice it was fertile because of the big bullseye. Hopefully she can stop breaking eggs she had 15 so maybe to many to handle. Don't know count now but maybe this weekend when I'm home I can check when she's off nest. I also hope this is not the Tom finding nest when she was off.
     

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