Turkey Hens Hatching and Raising Poults and Chicks


| 6/2/2009 8:43:48 AM


Tags: turkeys, poults, chicks,

Turkey and Chicks
 BRYAN WELCH

The turkey hen found a pile of chicken eggs had been laid on the floor of the coop in a corner under a ledge. She decided they were hers.

This was about two months ago. I closed off the room where she sat so the other birds wouldn’t bother her. Other than that, I left her alone. Three weeks later she hatched six baby chickens.

If a turkey can be said to have an expression, hers was proud.

Since then she’s raised her little brood flawlessly. The pullets are spooky and mischievous. They seem to enjoy their mom’s stature. They spend a lot of time climbing around on her back. Sometimes all six of them.



Then last week, as though she felt envious, the other turkey hen assembled her own pile of eggs and started setting.

larrys
12/7/2013 9:13:35 PM

It is December and , I have two turkey hens setting at this time is this odd or can they set anytime of year .


catllyon
9/5/2011 12:46:08 PM

Thank you for your article on dogs eating deplorable things. We have an Austrailian Sheperd, Golden Retriever,a cocker spaniel and a shih tzu who all love to roll in freshly dropped cow piles, dig in the compost pile with dried cow piles, and roll in dead things (and eat live baby bunnies when found). Eeewwww!! All our dogs have all day access to dry kibble and buckets of fresh water, but I did not realize this was a "dog" thing, and not an "our dogs" thing!! They are healthy, active, long-lived, and totally loved for their farming duties and porch duties!!


Ray_24
7/18/2010 12:28:15 PM

we bought some day old turkey chicks, one was dead in transit. We attributed it to chance during delivery. However one month later we have lost 7 chicks. They seem fine and lively, then they start gulping for air like a fish out of water, next day or so they are dead! Does anyone know what is going on? Please respond






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