Saturday, May 30, 2009

Nesting Turkeys

Farmer Pat placed a hollow log in the turkey pen so our turkey hens (females) can lay their eggs in private. A hen will lay about 12-18 eggs and then sit on them. The gestation of the turkey egg is about 28 days.Yikes, we'll have a lot of poults (baby turkeys) running around soon.

See the minature turkey in the center of this picture? You're right, it's not a turkey, but don't tell her that. Last spring one of the guinea hens laid an egg in a turkey nest while the turkey hen was out eating. The turkey hen returned and hatched out this guinea with the rest of her poults (baby turkey). This winter we had both turkeys and guineas penned together but come spring when we left the guineas free range and penned the turkeys in their outdoor living quarters, she found her way back to the turkey pen and hasn't left since.

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