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#2817454 - 04/28/12 07:03 PM Hatched turkey Egg
muddyboots
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Found this today. Is it a hatched turkey egg. I put it together for pic.
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#2817455 - 04/28/12 07:04 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: muddyboots]
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Just the one?
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#2817459 - 04/28/12 07:08 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: shopson]
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Hatched or busted by a predator? If there was only one it would be a strange clutch, and all eggs hatch at the same general time so if it were a typical hatch situation than there would have been others nearby.

Would be curious to know if there are others somewhere close, if so this would be good data. If not, I would by it is predation.

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#2817461 - 04/28/12 07:13 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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Did you happen to look on the inside? If you did there should be a neat circle all the way around where the poult pecks it with his egg tooth. I am not doubting it a bit. I know a hen that has been setting and should be coming off the nest anyday now.
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#2817463 - 04/28/12 07:14 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
Hatched or busted by a predator? If there was only one it would be a strange clutch, and all eggs hatch at the same general time so if it were a typical hatch situation than there would have been others nearby.

Would be curious to know if there are others somewhere close, if so this would be good data. If not, I would by it is predation.
If it was by a predator shouldnt the egg have more damage than that?Raccoons and skunks are Heck on turkey eggs.
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#2817466 - 04/28/12 07:25 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: timberjack86]
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I will look closer it was laying next to trail through pines where i usually park my truck. I will look at it closer tomorrow.
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#2817476 - 04/28/12 07:38 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: muddyboots]
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question slightly off topic: i know some birds will eat the egg shells for the calcium and to clean up some. do turkeys?
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#2817480 - 04/28/12 07:56 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: timberjack86]
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 Originally Posted By: timberjack86
 Originally Posted By: Setterman
Hatched or busted by a predator? If there was only one it would be a strange clutch, and all eggs hatch at the same general time so if it were a typical hatch situation than there would have been others nearby.

Would be curious to know if there are others somewhere close, if so this would be good data. If not, I would by it is predation.
If it was by a predator shouldnt the egg have more damage than that?Raccoons and skunks are Heck on turkey eggs.


It just depends, I have documented all sorts of critters feeding on turkey eggs. Crows are really bad, and they will usually put one hole to bust it, then use their beaks to separate the shell in 2 pieces.

It is hard to say, but with it only being one it is likely that it fell victim to a predator. But at the same time, it could be a young hen who only laid one egg, or went to sitting way early before she laid a full clutch.

Starting next week, poults could show up, especially later in the week.

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#2817776 - 04/29/12 01:14 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: timberjack86
 Originally Posted By: Setterman
Hatched or busted by a predator? If there was only one it would be a strange clutch, and all eggs hatch at the same general time so if it were a typical hatch situation than there would have been others nearby.

Would be curious to know if there are others somewhere close, if so this would be good data. If not, I would by it is predation.
If it was by a predator shouldnt the egg have more damage than that?Raccoons and skunks are Heck on turkey eggs.


It just depends, I have documented all sorts of critters feeding on turkey eggs. Crows are really bad, and they will usually put one hole to bust it, then use their beaks to separate the shell in 2 pieces.

It is hard to say, but with it only being one it is likely that it fell victim to a predator. But at the same time, it could be a young hen who only laid one egg, or went to sitting way early before she laid a full clutch.

Starting next week, poults could show up, especially later in the week.


could have just got kicked in the trail by something, with it being but that neat around i bet its a hatch
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#2818183 - 04/30/12 08:57 AM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Rockhound]
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Been hunting hunting at LBL off and on for the past 2 weeks and one USF&WS officer there told us he had already seen several hens with poults.
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