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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]
Coach
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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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#807490 - 07/03/08 06:28 PM Re: Unfortunately, I killed nine turkeys... [Re: Coach]
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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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