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#802301 - 06/30/08 08:33 AM Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys...
Coach
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Yesterday while mowing hay...I guess it's possible I scared the hen off the day before while cutting and an egg sucker visited in the night...they don't seem to squashed...either way, DANG!!
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#802892 - 06/30/08 03:36 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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It sucks but it happens. I posted earlier this year about my neighbor hitting two nests within 100 yards of each other while cutting hay. Killed both hens and busted 30 eggs. One had 14 and the other looked like 16.

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#803314 - 06/30/08 09:24 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: ]
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Hate to see that, I noticed a hen was hanging out alot up by the highway on your place when I would pass by. I figured the way the fields had grass that there would be several nests.
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#803531 - 06/30/08 11:13 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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#803722 - 07/01/08 07:27 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: spitndrum]
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That sucks.
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#804037 - 07/01/08 10:17 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
Hate to see that, I noticed a hen was hanging out alot up by the highway on your place when I would pass by. I figured the way the fields had grass that there would be several nests.


Yep, there were two hens that I saw there and both had a bunch of little ones about two weeks apart. They are still hanging around along with another hen. I saw a tom in full strut the other evening but had left my camera at the house...came right across my field.
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#804201 - 07/01/08 11:58 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abadoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.
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#804208 - 07/01/08 12:02 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abandoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.
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#804238 - 07/01/08 12:12 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abandoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.
Stutterer lol
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#804246 - 07/01/08 12:15 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abandoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.


I ran the hen out of there the day before while cutting hay. I stood up on the tractor looking for eggs or chicks as a cut the area but didn't see any. I think the hen would not have been there if she wasn't tending the eggs...I checked it out again yesterday evening and I definitely didn't hit the eggs so either the critters got to 'em or you're right and the chicks left...
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#804384 - 07/01/08 02:04 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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 Originally Posted By: Coach
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abandoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.


I ran the hen out of there the day before while cutting hay. I stood up on the tractor looking for eggs or chicks as a cut the area but didn't see any. I think the hen would not have been there if she wasn't tending the eggs...I checked it out again yesterday evening and I definitely didn't hit the eggs so either the critters got to 'em or you're right and the chicks left...
I suppose that another possibility might be that very young hens(jennys) might nest a little later than older birds, although I have absolutely no facts to back that up. It formerly was thought that one year old birds didn't nest at all, but turkey biologists have pretty much laid that theory to rest.
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#804430 - 07/01/08 02:41 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: Coach
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abandoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.


I ran the hen out of there the day before while cutting hay. I stood up on the tractor looking for eggs or chicks as a cut the area but didn't see any. I think the hen would not have been there if she wasn't tending the eggs...I checked it out again yesterday evening and I definitely didn't hit the eggs so either the critters got to 'em or you're right and the chicks left...
I suppose that another possibility might be that very young hens(jennys) might nest a little later than older birds, although I have absolutely no facts to back that up. It formerly was thought that one year old birds didn't nest at all, but turkey biologists have pretty much laid that theory to rest.


This was a mature hen I jumped out with the tractor...
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#804627 - 07/01/08 04:28 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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I hope that there are still broods "making" in my area, because we certainly have not seen the first poult to date, unlike reports from other areas.
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#805498 - 07/02/08 10:18 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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4onaside...I'm not sure the reason, I could guess, but my area has lots of turkey. I had a hen in the front yard the other day with 7 chicks about the size of baseballs and another down my drive with a number of chicks the size of grouse. Here's hoping you get a few your way...
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#826326 - 07/17/08 07:10 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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#831036 - 07/21/08 04:25 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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#831137 - 07/21/08 05:36 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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#832761 - 07/22/08 02:52 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
Isn't it very late for a nest to still be active? I wonder if that nest had already been abandoned, for whatever reason? I once found a nest with unbroken eggs still intact in November.


I have seen hens still on nest and not hatch any till late July and the poults not be much bigger than young chickens in the Fall season.

If they lose there first nests they will go back and rebreed is what causes it.

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#840064 - 07/27/08 12:33 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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#866203 - 08/13/08 07:54 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Gravey]
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#866550 - 08/13/08 11:42 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: buckhorn40]
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Been cutting that same field this week and have seen quite a few turkeys so the population didn't suffer too much thankfully. I also saw the youngones that I posted back in spring and there are only 6 now if it's the same group.
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#997694 - 10/29/08 11:15 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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I have done that also. Got the eggs this year and ended up hatching 5 of 14. guess it is better than none
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#1001708 - 10/31/08 07:36 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Ripley Whitetail]
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 Originally Posted By: btillman
I have done that also. Got the eggs this year and ended up hatching 5 of 14. guess it is better than none


All of these eggs were broken when I found them...I've seen so many turkeys and poultes since...like skeeters around there
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#1033748 - 11/17/08 01:40 AM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: 4onaside]
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It wont hurt your population that much. Back in mid 90's seen my dad kill 5 nest in big hay bottom and later in the year after we cut it the second time and had it rolled in field there was around 500 turkeys in the field. those where the good days aint seen turkey #'s like that again. wish i would have had a camera so i could share that with yall.
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