Turkeys sharing nest duties?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by erinszoo, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    Anyone ever have turkeys sharing a nest? We have two white hollands who have taken to the nest and they are sharing the duties it seems. Whenever one gets up the other takes the eggs and pulls then under her and vice versa. They also move just enough to allow other turkeys and chickens to lay their eggs in the nest as well. Since I've never had turkeys sit a nest before, I'm just wondering how common this is.
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    I have midget whites and two of them shared mother duty with an Ameraucana hen. Sometimes I'd walk in and see the turkey sitting on the chicken sitting on the eggs. It was a problem because the turkey was too heavy for the chicken eggs and kept breaking them. they did finally hatch out 2 chicks. " I pulled all the turkey eggs and put them in the incubator."
  3. weirdturkeyfreak

    weirdturkeyfreak Songster

    Jul 28, 2010
    turkeys are a lot more loving than people give credit for I should know I've studied my pet turkeys for 4 years
  4. NajmoNests

    NajmoNests Songster

    Mar 1, 2010
    E. Central, MN
    My Royal Palm turkey pair shared hatch and brood duties. Cute how they scoop the eggs under themselves when their mate goes for lunch. Is it just RP turkeys or are all pairs of turkeys this family orientated? To see a big tom walk delicately amongst his poults is precious. [​IMG]
  5. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    Glad to know my turkeys aren't the only ones who do this. I hope my tom is as gentle with the little ones as yours is. He's kind of a big clutz!
  6. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    I had two golden Narragansetts share a nest. The problem was one started incubating before the other was done laying. When the first eggs hatched, both hens left to take care of five poults, leaving 27 eggs of varying development in the nest. I took them inside and hatched a turkey a day for 25 days. It was not as fun as it sounds!

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