Will a broody turkey hatch chicken eggs?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by yadaguhtoo, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. yadaguhtoo

    yadaguhtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody turkey who is going to be 2 this year. She has gone broody a few times already and I have always taken her eggs away to try and stop it. Last summer she was close to starving herself because she would not get off of the egg "spot" and go eat. A couple of days ago I decided to give her a few fertile chicken eggs to see what would happen and she is happily sitting on them.
    I'm just wondering if anyone has tried this and what your outcome was.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Yes, we had a Beltsville turkey hen hatch a clutch of bantam chicks, but had to take the chicks away from her after just two days or so, because as she became more active, she started squishing her chicks. BUT it got her back to being a turkey, and not being broody! :) AND we were able to rescue the remaining chicks and put them in a brooder. :)
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Yes, mine have hatched chicken eggs before with no problem.
     
  4. yadaguhtoo

    yadaguhtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the replies! I am hoping for a positive turn out :)
    Cloverleaf, did she look for her babies or just move on with her day?
     
  5. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    She just went about her business (she was put back outside out of the barn when her babies were taken away, so there was lots of distraction. :) But she's also a super mild-mannered turkey.
     
  6. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    I have one Midget W hatches chicken eggs all summer long every year. She doesn't want the chicks and she never hurts them.
    And I can never break her up.
     

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