Will the broad breasted variety of turkey lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by RogerTheChicken, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just wondering
     
  2. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens

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    They can. They don't lay well. And a BB tom won't make them fertile.
     
  3. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Just curious why you would think that they wouldn't?

    Yes broad breasted hens do lay eggs. The problem is that because of their size it is difficult to get natural fertilization which is why the commercial hatcheries use artificial insemination to get fertile eggs from the hens.
     
  4. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I heard the that the toms will squish the hens, how long do they live, Gilbert is four, I heard that is over the average
     
  5. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I didn't think they would because most broiler hens don't lay eggs
     
  6. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Any broad breasted hens that I have had to maturity laid eggs every bit as well as heritage hens.

    While it doesn't happen often enough to make it commercially worthwhile, it is possible for a BB tom to naturally fertilize a BB hen.
     
  7. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that some turkey eggs fertilize themselves, true or false?
     
  8. WalnutHill

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  9. R2elk

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    No, turkey eggs cannot fertilize themselves. Parthenogenesis is the development of an unfertilized ovum (egg).

    There was a study done on Beltsville Small White turkeys regarding parthenogenesis.

    http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/4hpoultry/t02_pageview/The_Tremendous_Turkey_10.htm

    He bred his flock to enhance their tendency to have parthenogenesis to the point that nearly 50% of the unfertilized eggs showed some signs of development. Of the developing eggs, approximately 8% actually hatched. All of the turkeys produced by parthenogenesis were males. In the natural course of things it would be very rare but not impossible for an unfertilized hens egg to be able to actually hatch.
     
  10. ivan3

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    Olsen's work is now available online: https://ia902509.us.archive.org/11/items/avianparthenogen65olse/avianparthenogen65olse.pdf (includes info. on his chicken turkey hybrids, as well)

    If interested in a briefer precis, Schuett's work with parthenogenesis in reptiles is useful: http://home.pcisys.net/~dlblanc/articles/Parthenogenesis.php
     
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