turkey hen

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by abikalyss, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. abikalyss

    abikalyss Just Hatched

    29
    0
    14
    Jun 6, 2016
    Virginia
    One of my turkey hens has decided to sit on her eggs. I believe they are infertile and highly doubt even one will hatch, my husband believes they will and want to let her lay. If they do not hatch in time will she give up and leave them or is this going to be a problem?
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

    3,632
    1,816
    291
    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    You can take and break one of the eggs and check to see if it is fertile.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

    If you do let her set and the eggs do not hatch it is very likely to become a problem. Broody turkeys can be difficult to break but there are methods that can work.
     
  3. abikalyss

    abikalyss Just Hatched

    29
    0
    14
    Jun 6, 2016
    Virginia
    We cant get the eggs away from her. We were going to candle them.
     
  4. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,170
    496
    196
    Jun 10, 2013
    if you can watch her there will be times at least once a day or every other she will get off the nest to eat drink, and take a broody poo. watch those very smelly.

    while she is off the nest grab them and candle.

    mine if they got off the nest were about 15 to 30 minutes.
     
  5. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,170
    496
    196
    Jun 10, 2013
    do you have a tom?

    or how long has the hen been away from a tom?
     
  6. abikalyss

    abikalyss Just Hatched

    29
    0
    14
    Jun 6, 2016
    Virginia
    We have a tom but I've seen his attempts at mating. He goes for their wing every time. I've never once seen him do what he's supposed to.
     
  7. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,170
    496
    196
    Jun 10, 2013
    if you have a tom even if he's clumsy there is a possibility that he got it done correctly.

    I would give the eggs a chance.
     
  8. abikalyss

    abikalyss Just Hatched

    29
    0
    14
    Jun 6, 2016
    Virginia
    Have to, she won't take no for an answer. I'm just worried she'll be a waste. We got her for food, not to reproduce.
     
  9. abikalyss

    abikalyss Just Hatched

    29
    0
    14
    Jun 6, 2016
    Virginia
    Eggs are gone, only logical suspect is a fox. Turkey lived and is in coop grieving.
     
  10. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,170
    496
    196
    Jun 10, 2013
    if the hen is still around. my guess would be coon or possum. fox probably would have taken hen before eggs
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by