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Hatch Announcement: Poults!

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Last month I showed you our Spanish Black turkey hen hiding in the hedgerow and setting eggs. (That post here.) The incubation for turkeys is 28 days, so I had the end of May circled on my calendar. Sure enough, right about that time she got off the nest and Dan spotted three poults. The problem was that being out there meant that those babies could be easy pickings for a cat, skunk, or raccoon. We decided to put her and the poults in our big dog carrier and move her someplace safer – the turkey yard.

She also had about 8 unhatched eggs, which we put in the carrier along with the poults. These three were the only ones that hatched.

From what Dan and I have read, turkey poults are the most difficult of all poultry to raise. They have a lower survival rate that the other species. Jenny B is a good mother, but even so, one of them had problems. We’re not sure what, but it seemed to pass out for awhile, recover and run around, and then pass out again. We separated it, keeping it where she could see and smell it, but sadly, it didn’t make it. 

So, we have two and are hoping for the best. It’s always hard to lose animals.

In the hen house, we have our other turkey hen, one of our Muscovies, and a chicken all hunkered down tight on nests. I told you about the egg fiasco, and it seems that that Jenny J won the battle over the eggs. When Dan checked, Mom Muscovy was sitting on an empty nest. So he gave her five duck eggs, which she twittered over and tucked into her nest. The question is whether she’s got another 32 days of broody left in her. Of Jenny J’s, we’re thinking something should have hatched by now, but she’s about a week behind Jenny B, so she may yet get some poults. Or ducklings. Or chicks. We’ll have to wait and see.


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