turkey loves people

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by lisa69, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. lisa69

    lisa69 Chirping

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    I have a Tom and 3 hens. My hen was injured last winter and I had her indoors. babying her while she recovered. Now she is bonded to people and does not want to mate with my TOM. Funny story is she loves my granddaughter who is 2 1/2. The hen climbed into her granddaughter's lap . Mr Gobbles decided that this was his only chance since the hen was laying down and jumped on top of her to mate. I wish I got a picture but I had to rescue the toddler as these are big birds. How to I get my favorite hen to act more normal with other turkeys. I am starting to find turkey eggs but I'm not sure what hen they are coming from or if they are fertile. I have them in the incubator. How soon should i be able to see if they are developing by candling them. Are these Likely broad breasted Bronze? 45276194_2378006235546388_402174119052836864_n.jpg IMG_7949.JPG IMG_7912.JPG IMG_7817.JPG IMG_7816.JPG IMG_7983.JPG 53785456_2577580825588927_2877048284914909184_n (3).jpg
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    I would put the hen out with the rest. In turkeys, hen determine when to mate. They generally don't solicit mating unless they are laying or close to starting. She will lay down for him when it's appropriate.

    I cannot tell if yours are broad breasted, they don't look like it but it's hard to say by pictures. Heritage varieties generally weigh around 15-25 pounds, and broad breasted weigh much more.

    Generally you can candle developing eggs at around 7-10 days and see blood vessels.
     
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    lisa69 Chirping

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    thank you for your response. All my turkeys do live together. I have found 4 eggs so far but I don't know who is laying them. I will try to get weights on the turkeys this week.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    I haven't seen any mating out of my hens yet as the season is just starting, but generally if your hens are laying they should be fertile. You could check your eggs for the telltale bullseye around the blastoderm.
     
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    lisa69 Chirping

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    i've seen them trying but they are big birds. Not sure that they got it done
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    It is a clumsy act sometimes. Check a few eggs. That will tell you for sure
     
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