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September 10, 2015, 03:38:51 PM
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Peacerose

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After I let the turkeys out of the pen, I quit collecting their eggs.  We found a nest under a bush, but then something happened to the eggs.  A couple days ago I found a nest behind a large metal dropping pan that was leaned again the old house by the back door.  This is where I come in and out of the quail porch and fill my water jugs, etc.





Yesterday I found Rosemary and Pearl sitting on the eggs.  What will happen next, I don't know.  But I'm just going to let them do their thing.


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September 10, 2015, 05:07:26 PM
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 pop Can't wait to see if you'll have new turkey babies!

September 11, 2015, 12:45:06 AM
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Well, now I think they're not sitting yet, but still laying.  There are 13 eggs now.

September 16, 2015, 11:54:44 PM
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Opal and Rosemary got serious about sitting on the eggs on the 13th.  They are both sitting together, but occasionally take a break one at a time.

 

September 17, 2015, 12:10:56 AM
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September 17, 2015, 08:54:24 AM
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YAY! Finally.....love those pictures.  Can't wait to see if they hatch........

September 17, 2015, 03:03:09 PM
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Me, too!  They deserve to have a few little poults to raise on their own.  Also, I hope Opal's feather situation can improve a bit while she's sitting.  If not, I might have to dress her in a turkey apron to keep her back from getting too cold in the winter.   afraid

September 17, 2015, 03:05:32 PM
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Figuring the eggs will hatch between Oct 9 - 12.

September 17, 2015, 05:03:01 PM
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 pop Waiting patiently  heart I didn't even notice that her feathers were like that.....what in the world? She can't be broody and molting at the same time, can she?

September 18, 2015, 01:11:55 AM
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Probably other turkeys are picking her back.  Or Sage is breaking her feathers when he gets on her back.  Most likely picking, though.

October 14, 2015, 02:24:47 AM
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The nest by the back door was attacked and destroyed by skunks.  The hens continued to sit on the empty nest for a few days and finally left it a couple days ago.  When I got to the farm today, there were two turkey eggs in the corner of the front porch.  So maybe the front door will be better than the back door.

The hens had to re-assert their place in the flock when they returned.  They were chasing and pecking the young adult birds who are bigger than they are.  I saw Rosemary grab hold of a young tom's dewlap and start dragging him around.  Those girls are rough and tough.  They tolerate no disrespect.

October 14, 2015, 07:24:08 AM
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Dang it!!!!! Poor babies! I was so hoping to hear about some poults!  grrrr

October 14, 2015, 04:10:08 PM
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Yeah, me too! Some of those eggs appeared to be developing.  I'm just really happy they felt like trying again.

October 27, 2015, 02:52:07 PM
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The skunk got the new nest.  But the turkeys are still trying to nest.  One of the Midget White hens that I call Evelyn has started a nest in a precarious place, but it just might work.  In the hay barn is a hammock made of chicken wire that was used to dry onions after digging.  Someone put a tall wooden box under it to keep people from walking into the wire.  And on top of the wire hammock is a big circle of antique barb wire.  In the middle of this is the nest.  I'll get a picture this afternoon.

Evelyn is a really sweet hen.  She is usually one of the first to greet me.  If I am sitting out by the pens, she will often come and sit by me.  A few weeks ago, she started mating with Sage.  So if anything hatches, it will be a mix.     

October 28, 2015, 02:27:38 AM
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Here is the fortified turkey nest. And it turns out this is not Evelyn, but another Midget White hen.   lol