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    yep first for me too. never seen a batch of fresh baby turkeys.

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    Update: My hatch rate has not been very good (learning curve) and I seem to loose a few that hatched that keep falling on their backs and can not upright themselves. The good
    news is I had and still have plenty of eggs to experiment with. At this late date I am still getting a few eggs. On the plus side those poults that made it pass 3 days of age are doing well.
    I did this on the fly this year, including setting up pens, getting incubators,etc, so hopefully next spring things will be more organized and I have learned by some mistakes I made.

    I should be set for next year keeping the hens and a couple of Jakes, plus the original 5 are doing great and will be in their prime next spring. I anticipate a few of this years Jakes
    will in up in the smoker for Thanksgiving (LOL)

    Not a good picture, but about a dozen young ones I have moved to outside cage.
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    Cool. Those are looking good!
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    glad to see an update on this.

    was actually thinking of you yesterday when some gobblers came thru the yard.
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    Little update. I found hatching and raising baby turkeys is a fair amount different than chickens. My hatch rate was not what it should be and I lost some young ones chalk it
    up to the learning curve I am going thru. The young ones that made it are doing well and grown a lot. I find it hard to believe I am still getting eggs in July way past breeding
    season.

    BTW my two original Toms are now over a year old and getting their chest beards, pretty neat. They and the hens love fresh clover that I pull up and give them.

    Some so so pictures of the young ones--
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    That is a very worthy project. Glad to see it working well for you!

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    ^^^^ indeed! this is neat to follow.

    the herd of turkeys that come across my place get picked off by coyote & hunters pretty regularly. im gonna keep watching & learning from you on this.

    you are gonna have a really great way to control ticks & bugs at your place!
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    Nice! Those things sure do grow fast.
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    The young ones are growing up. Put in a 3rd cage on the south 40 acre home-site. Hard to believe I am still getting some eggs, but way past breeding season and they are not fertile. Good to eat
    though. I will be better prepared next year setup wise and 8-9 brood hens vs the 3 I started with. Give me the numbers to possible sell some excess and try free ranging some to see how they do.
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    Very nice, getting big!

    Are turkey eggs good? Never tried them.
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