When does a hen start "laying down" on the eggs?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Hank1948, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Hank1948

    Hank1948 New Egg

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    I have 2 yr old Narragansett hens that have been laying eggs for a couple weeks now. They haven't been laying on the eggs so we've just grabbed them and enjoyed eating them, turkey eggs are delicious! So I'm just wondering when if any will the hens will "lay down" with the eggs so I can have some poults!
     
  2. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Turkeys won't start to brood eggs until they get a pile of them. So if you want them to start, you'll need to leave the eggs in the nest!!!
     
  3. Hank1948

    Hank1948 New Egg

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    So the eggs will still be able to hatch if they just sit there with nothing keeping them warm?
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes. I believe they need 3 days of continuous heat before the incubation process starts.
     
  5. blake w

    blake w Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they dont start to sit until they are finished laying their clutch..this prevents a staggered hatch...
     

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