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Wild Turkey Eggs ~UPDATE~

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chick_in_Indiana, May 14, 2008.

  1. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Songster

    Dec 14, 2007
    NE Indiana
    A friend came across a nest of wild turkey eggs that had been disturbed. He said one egg was out of the nest and another one had a small hole, like a peck from the outside. I candled them and they were clear. So I put them in the bator. Has anyone ever raised wild turkey?
    I put the eggs in on Mothers Day and already I have 2 that are showing signs of life. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 15, 2008
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    We raise wild eastern turkeys and love them. They are the sweetest birds and can be raised to be wild or tame. If you imprint them by hatching naturally, they will eat out of your hands.

  3. Cheekon

    Cheekon Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have no ideas on how to raise wild turkeys but all I can say is good luck and keep us posted! [​IMG]
  4. priszilla

    priszilla Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    easley sc
    I wish it was legal here to raise them- can't figure out why it isn't you can HUNT them and they are plentiful
  5. Cheekon

    Cheekon Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    Up here we can hunt them. I'm doing it this weekend actually. [​IMG]
  6. pdpatch

    pdpatch Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    Raising Wild Turkeys should not be any different then raising any Heritage Turkey. The exception is that they fly a lot better.

    The main reason behind restrictions, that some states have, is that they are native species. Rather then create a set of very complicated laws and regulations the raising of a native species is usually not allowed. Although there is some exceptions in every state for certain species if you get a permit.

    Also many wild species don't have the resistance to a number of dieses that are in domesticated animals. When the wild animal is brought into contact the have a greater risk of getting those dieses and not surviving. The AG officials are afraid these dieses will mutate and effect domesticated animals. Most of these laws are in place to protect large scale farms and ranches.
  7. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Songster

    Dec 14, 2007
    NE Indiana
    It's funny that you mention hunting. My husband is into hunting what ever moves. I told him anything but my chickens. Anyways, we have a flock of wild turkies that roam in a field by the creek behind our house but they are too far way. He's hoping if these hatch we can use them for "bait" to get them in closer. Talk about illegal. [​IMG]
  8. Carole AM

    Carole AM Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Goshen, Indiana
    lets hope they hatch! How is it looking? I have some due next week!
  9. 85shadow

    85shadow Hatching

    May 25, 2008
    How did you make out with the turkey eggs? I just started some yesterday and have no idea how far a;long they are or if they will hatch. My husband scared th hen away while cutting wood. She did not come back for a long period of time so we put the eggs in an incubator.
  10. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Songster

    Dec 14, 2007
    NE Indiana
    Out of the 5 only 3 were fertile then 1 other one gave out but I still have 2 that are kicking around. They are due to hatch on the 8th, I think. After I put them in the incubator I saw movement on day 6. Have you candled them yet? The air pocket should give you a guesstment. Good Luck.

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