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Happy Easter

April 6th, 2015

I’ve been keeping an eye on my turkey hen so she didn’t end up with a nest hidden down in the woods. Yesterday I went up to the coop and there she was in a nesting box. They’re much too small for her, she could only fit in about half way. I wasn’t sure her egg would even end up in the box, but when I went back up to check in the evening it was there.
turkey egg (1)
Our very first turkey egg. Now all I need to do is get a tom for her so the eggs are fertilized. Then we can let her go broody, hatch them out, and have turkeys for Thanksgiving. She’s a heritage breed turkey, so she could mate with a wild turkey. We usually have lots of wild turkeys around, but haven’t seen any yet this spring. If we can’t get a tom we’ll buy some fertilized eggs for her to sit on when she does go broody. Hopefully she’ll hatch out a clutch and raise them up.

Anything exciting happening in your world this week?

4 Comments to “Happy Easter”
  1. Nebraska Dave on April 6, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Susy, I’ve been continuing to set up the garden in preparation for the serious planting season that will start in about another month. I just repotted some cabbage, onions, green peppers and replanted the tomatoes. It must have been bad seed because not a single tomato seed sprouted. Well, what do I expect from off the shelf at the Walmart store.

    I did get some spuds in the ground last Friday. The rule of the thumb here in Nebraska is to have potatoes planted by Good Friday. This week looks like a wet week so maybe after the rain stops this week I can get started with planting the onions and cabbage outside. So I’m well on the way to harvest. :-)

    Have a great turkey egg day.

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  2. Misti on April 6, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I miss seeing wild turkeys. We have them in Texas but we rarely see them. In Florida it was very common to see turkeys while out hiking.

    Gorgeous egg!

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  3. Chris on April 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    What a gorgeous egg! :)

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  4. Jennifer Fisk on April 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Someone on one of the Maine based poultry or farm animal FB pages wanted to sell a couple of Black Spanish toms. I tried allowing a hen to incubate eggs. She sat on multiple clutches from May until Nov with no luck. Plenty of the eggs started to develop but never lived to hatch. I’m going to try and incubate some from my girls.
    A few years ago, a wild hen flew into my turkey pen and invited my Standard Bronze tom to breed which he happily accomodated. After a period of treading etc. she helped herself to food and then left.Somewhere on MDI there are hybrid turkeys.

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