Will they ever stop crying/peeping??!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by rfwombat, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. rfwombat

    rfwombat Out Of The Brooder

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    I got tired of waiting for my turkey hen to go broody and I didn't want to waste the fertile eggs so I put 14 eggs under a duck to hatch. She did a pretty good job hatching out and raising 8 of them. Of course, 5 days after I set the eggs under the duck, my turkey hen goes broody, so she has hatched out 12 on her own that are about 5 days younger than the duck's poults. I know that the duck can't raise the poults, so I added the duck's 8 to the turkey's brood. She seems fine having them there, but the poults have imprinted on the duck and won't stop peeping!! I'm worried they are going to cry themselves sick! Is that possible? Or will they eventually calm down?

    This is our first year breeding turkeys (our third year raising them). I know about caring for the poults myself in a brooder since we've done that 3 times already. But parent hatching is something new to us and I'm afraid I've scarred these poor poults by switching mommas on them. Or am I over-reacting?
     
  2. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I think they're just excersizing their vocal coards. I don't think it's anything serious. [​IMG]
     
  3. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Is there any harm in letting the turkeys stay with the duck? I know dumb question because ducks swim ( and so do turkeys from the vids I have seen on here lately lol ) but if they turkeys natural instinct is to stay out of water would it follow the duck?
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Don't put `em in line of sight of the duck for a week or so (they'll adjust).

    FYI: Turkeys don't swim - they float. Once enough of the feathers are soaked the bouyant bobber will sink like a stone.
     
  5. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Do an experiment: Row a turkey into the center of a two acre lake, toss it out, and see if it makes it to shore.

    One of the folks in this thread had them drown in horse tanks: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=96446

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    love the water and `paddle' about, but the line between cooling off and going down by the stern is dependent on how well they preened the oil into their feathers the evening before and how long they're in the water (saw the vid it is cute - but ours are wary of the pond), both toms are standing in hog bowls full of water at present (gonna be 105° today).

    Just don't want any newbie getting the wrong impression - Daffy, they sometimes are. Michael Phelps, they're not.
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

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