Posted 06-22-2004 at 05:03:46
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We've had turkeys (old breed Bourbon Reds) for just over 3 years now, and chickens for about twice that, so I'm not an expert.
Our turkeys free range over several acres, they just mingle in with the chicken flock. We do not separate the tom and hens any time. Hens do get battered a bit during the spring breeding season, but don't seem to mind (or at least get over it) and they don't put up with any nonsense once they start setting eggs.
You didn't mention what breed you have. None of the newer breeds will set eggs--the broodiness has been bred out of them, as well as the ability and desire to forage for their own food. Older breeds still keep these qualities, although to different degrees.
Most turkey books we've bought have been something of a disappointement. On the other hand, there are several very good chicken books that'll teach you the basics about fowl keeping, and turkeys aren't that different. I'd suggest reading up.
Turkeys are difficult to hatch in an incubator...or at least we've found them to be so. We have perhaps 85% fertility, but still get only about 70% hatch rate on turkey eggs; some hatches a little more, some a little less so don't be surprised at this.
anyway, good luck. If you've got specific question, just ask!