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Turkey nest
« on: May 05, 2008, 05:12:59 PM »
Okay I want to know if I really messed up here or not. I went out late this morning to cut up a downed tree top for firewood.  picked up all the loose wood on the ground ran the mower through area to  clear the brambles and  the prickers. Started up the chainsaw and started chunking up the first branch got that one done and started on the next as I am working my way down the branch I look down and see twleve large light brown speckled eggs right at my feet. I shut down the saw and got on the tractor and got out of there. What I want to know is what are the chnces the hen will come back. I cleared most of the cover on one side of the nest and spent probably  a half hour making lots of noise and moving brush before I discoverd the nest. How bad did I mess up :-\

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 06:40:44 PM »
With no hunting pressure, and if the coons stay away, she may return.

She might not have been sitting there when you drove up.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008, 06:58:20 PM »
Season is young yet isn't it? She may relocate and start over, but I'm no turkey man.

I know grouse are setting now, I've seen a couple momma grouse this past week. They usually have eggs before leaf out here.

But, the leaves are actually coming on as fast as last year considering the harsh long winter we came through. Absolutely, no ground frost. Aspen leaves are 1 " long now and flowers are almost gone past on trembling, white birches are out along with the shrub birches (alders and hazel and such). Soft maple has been flowering for awhile. No fruit bearing trees/shrubs out yet. Some folks have potatoes planted already.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008, 07:44:58 PM »
Last June I was clipping pastures with my big mower and a turkey jumped off her nest right in front of the tractor. I stopped and backed up and mowed around the nest leaving only about a three foot circle of weeds around the nest. The next day she was back on the nest and several days later I noticed the eggs had hatched. So maybe the your turkey will come back and take care of the eggs.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008, 08:04:31 PM »
From what I hear, if the hen was actually sitting on the nest, and was scared off, then she likely will not return.

But if she was out for a stroll, to get another egg fertilized to lay in the nest, then she may well come back and continue laying more eggs.

When all the eggs she wants are laid, then she will stay on the nest to incubate the eggs. Once that starts, and gets kicked off, they often don't return.

Hope yours will come back. Turkeys have an interesting behaviour in many ways.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008, 11:42:34 PM »
Okay I will just cross my fingers and hope I didn't run her off. Anyone know what the incubation time is for turkeys? I plan on just staying clear of the nesting area but would like to check to see if they hatched after enough time has passed.

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008, 12:08:10 AM »
You could always gather them and incubate them yourself. A small incubator is pretty easy to make and fairly cheap.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008, 04:15:44 AM »
I think chickens are 21-22 days.No idea about wild turkeys.If she is coming back,she would be on them now.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008, 01:02:37 PM »
I thought about incubating the eggs myself . I supect the michigan DNR would frown on it and I'm not sure what I would do with them if I did hatch them. Might be fun though. I think I will just stay clear of the area and hope for the best.







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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008, 01:27:12 PM »
Several years ago we had four chicks show up. They took up with a momma pea hen we had that had two chicks of her own at the time. The turkeys had gotten seperated from thier mother when they ran from my daughters car as she came in from work. They stayed around for about a year and a half and eventually went back to the wild.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008, 05:14:53 PM »
10-15 eggs in a clutch, 28 days incubation.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2008, 03:32:06 AM »
Okay I'll give it about a month before I take another look. I will  post  to this thread how it turns out. Thanks for all the information.

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2008, 09:29:12 PM »
Mike,
What did you find?

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2008, 10:44:10 PM »
heh..i have a red bourbon turkey setting on a clutch of chicken eggs...even slipped a fresh laid one in on her the other day...she's cool with it so far..
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2008, 04:14:31 AM »
Last week I walked in on a ruffed grouse giving cover to her chicks. They all scattered in under big green leaves with peeping noises while the hen made off like an injured dog. I followed her a bit and she carried on for 100 feet and then flew out of sight. They had not been hatched for long.
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2008, 07:05:11 AM »
Thanks for reminding me. I went out about 2weeks ago and checked the nest :-\. Not what I had hoped to find. All the eggs were still there. I wasn't really surprized I made a lot of noise and commotion in the area where the nest was before I discoverd it. I don't think I hurt the local population much I still see lots of turkeys in the fields around here. Yesterday I turned the corner on the edge of my land and surprised a hen and five chicks. The chicks were big enough to fly and they did up into the nearest tree.

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2008, 05:18:12 PM »
i missed this post, we had a hen that raised chicks each year right out moms front yard. where they stop mowing and it gets thick again she will put her nest there. we run her off on a daily basis and she still hatches the eggs. when we find the nest out in the woods we take the eggs and hatch them at home. the chicks will leave for the woods when they grow up.
folks tell me to only hatch them if you do not have chickens around your house, if you have chickens the turkeys will take parasites and desease from the chickens out to the wild turkeys and cause problems. who knows, i am no turkey man either. we do raise them at a buddies house that has no chickens.jic.

i do know that the turkeys are good eating, that i do know.

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2008, 05:35:20 PM »
Thanks for the update.

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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2008, 11:45:48 PM »
Shame she didn't come back but if the eggs were still there, you must not have too many predators around.  Most turkeys loose half their clutch by autumn anyway but if that nest was "that" exposed and still not found then you can assume other nests are fairly safe from predators too.  The population is fine, one lost clutch won't hurt anything in the long run.  As long as the hens in the area keep producing at least one surviving breeding female per year, the population will grow. 
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Re: Turkey nest
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2008, 12:42:13 AM »
 Maestro you might be right about predator populations around here. I haven't seen as many dead racoons along side the road and haven't heard the coyotes in a while. On the other hand our new next door neighbor had their porch flowers and some they had planted ruined by racoons almost as soon as they planted them. Makes me feel a little better thinking that in the overall scheme of things I probably didn't hurt the turkey population any. I still  :-\feel bad about running her off her nest.


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