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Just found the first turkey egg a day or two ago.  I moved them to a new spot today and when I went to check on them a couple hours after dark one was "missing" at first.  Found her in a small hole by a stump acting broody.  Going to have to check that spot in the morning for another egg.

They're Bourbon Reds and are 6 months old.  6 total with 3 definite males, 2 definite females and one that I can't quite be sure of (tempted to name it Pat).  The ambiguous one is almost as big as the males, but no snood.  Feathers look more male, but it doesn't display or gobble.  Hangs out with the girls mostly, but has also tried to mount them.  [shrug]. We're thinking male but not developing quite right.
 
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So cool!
 
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i am not sure if you are saying this because you now get to eat a very large egg(they are yummy) :D or if you are now going to be having some little turkey babies soon. Congratulations.
 
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Not planning on hatching them.  Though given the toms' behavior I'm sure they're fertilized.  I don't have an incubator, and the hens aren't broody enough for the eggs to stay viable given the cold weather coming.  Though if they could successfully hatch babies I'd probably let them.
 
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I've gathered several eggs now.  I lost one hen a few days ago, so only have one hen left (poor girl, only female with 3 toms and one gender confused turkey).  Anyway, she's been laying an egg every couple days.  Saw  a raven come in and steal an egg this morning as I was getting ready for work.  Grrr.
 
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