Tuesday, July 8, 2014

First hatching of mama brooded turkeys

After the first batch of turkeys were hatched in the incubator I decided to just let them sit on what they laid after that.  Last year only 2 hatched from the clutch the hen was sitting on.  Within a few weeks we had 4 broody turkeys sitting on 3 nests.  Yeah, 2 turkeys are sharing a nest.  Not taking turns, sharing.  You can see them at the bottom of the picture .  Usually they are on top of each other but were a bit upset that I was taking their picture.
The hen on the right is sitting on her nest.  The hen on the left is leading around 11 poults.  So much for the 2 that I was expecting.  Hopefully we don't end up with 33 turkeys.  I have a feeling we'll be having a lot of turkey meat next year.
If you click the pics you should be able to see the poults walking around.

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