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Turkey hen kills her babies
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Bkeepr    Posted 07-07-2004 at 16:27:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of our turkey hens (Bourbon red) consistently crushes her babies and/or eggs just as they're hatching. It has happened 3-4 me slow, but we just figured out she's doing it on purpose. It only happens when they're hatching and peeping, she'll set on the eggs just fine for weeks, til they start making noise.

Our other turkey hen hatches hers and plays mommy with her chicks just wonderful, but this one hen keeps having "accidents."

Anybody else seen this before?

Tom A

Jimbob    Posted 07-08-2004 at 11:45:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe the Turkey is ready for your dinner plate now.

bulldinkie    Posted 07-08-2004 at 06:16:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we had this happen this year with male swan,the daddy killed 2 then hubby went down to pond one sat moprning,The daddy was beating up mom.We had to separate the mopm & young.weird.This is like thier 3 mating .Maybe something was wrong you didnt know with chicks but the mom knew.??

maybe something    Posted 07-08-2004 at 09:18:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
wrong with chicks, but that seems unlikely over all these clutches now. And why this one hen, and not the others? We've also hatched some of her eggs in an incubator and had no problems. Just seems like she hates chicks.

~Lenore    Posted 07-08-2004 at 11:35:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a good recipe for Chicken Fricasse' is needed.
Here is one.


4 lb. stewing chicken
2 cans mushroom soup
3 tbsp. green pepper
1 c. white sauce (1 tbsp. butter - 1 tbsp. flour - 1 c. milk)
1 sm. can mushrooms
Chicken broth
Stew chicken. Take meat from bones. Cut in bite size pieces. Grease loaf pan (12 x 7 1/2 inches). Put 1 layer of chicken, alternate with one layer of potato chips (crushed), and a layer of sliced mushrooms. Dice pepper and sprinkle over top. Over this pour sauce made from soup, 1 cup white sauce and some chicken broth. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let set for 10 minutes.

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