when do turkey hens start to lay?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by trunkman, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    My hen is 6 months old and I am wondering if she will start to lay any time soon, do they lay this time of year or start in early spring? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Most breeds at about 20 weeks or so, some earlier, some much later.
    When pullets approach laying age this time of year (diminishing day light), it usually takes longer.
    If you want to kick it into gear, put a light in the coop on a timer that comes on about 4 AM and in about 2 weeks you'll get eggs.
     
  3. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    Chickencanoe, I know that about chickens, but is it the same way with turkeys?
     
  4. Agdketo

    Agdketo Out Of The Brooder

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    My turkey hen has been laying for the last couple of weeks. I think she is around 7 months.
     
  5. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I better start thinking about making nesting boxes for them pretty quickly then!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Agdketo

    Agdketo Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm using a large dog house and my hen loves it. Do your turkeys free range?
     
  7. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    Yes they do free range, but since I have 2 toms that are starting to fight I think I'm going to have to pen them up in separate pens with their own hens to keep them from fighting and ruining my gardens.
     
  8. cheepguy

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    As a rule, turkeys do not use nesting boxes.
     
  9. nhrocks

    nhrocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got an egg from my blue slates! They are 20 weeks exactly. Wasnt expecting anything until spring, but they do sleep in the chicken coop, and I'm increasing their artificial light period, so that may have triggered it. I have them up to 12 hours of light at this point, slowly working up to 14 HR to get my pullets going.

    Oh. And she laid it in the chicken nest box. Must've been a tight squeeze!
     
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