Sitting Pretty

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Spring is here – one of our turkeys is already sitting on a clutch of eggs.

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Do you see that pile of fencing in the background? There is a gap at the bottom so of course she chose to lay her eggs and sit in there.

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I wasn’t sure what she was doing – we haven’t seen any sign of eggs. I can’t reach in to her so I poked her with a stick – gently – and yes, she is sitting on a whole clutch of eggs. Goodness knows how we will get the chicks out. Our hens haven’t had the best record of looking after turkey chicks – sometimes they hatch them OK, then abandon them, other times they squash them as they are hatching.

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Usually we don’t let the turkeys sit this early. We collect the eggs until early April and then let them sit. I guess it is out of our hands this year.

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I don’t know when she started sitting – she was there yesterday so let’s say she started some time between 10th-14th March. Eek, fingers crossed we will have turkey chicks in less than a month.

 

 

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