Post by thumbcatcher on Jun 10, 2020 23:04:36 GMT -5
I've seen Tom's strutting up till this week and my Son In Law said he saw a Tom Breeding a hen in a open field, this past week. Its late and wondering if hens lost there nest back with all the rain/flooding or is it just some over sex'd Tom's Any of you all seeing Toms out strutting yet? Or any thoughts as to why this late Curious glad to see a few made it
I haven't seen any strutting, but last weekend the wife and I were in the front porch swing drinking coffee and there was a bird across the road that gobbled probably 50 times. I assumed there was a hen somewhere close by that was still getting bred. I wish they would all have 20 poults...Our turkeys are few and far between these days.
Hens will try to re nest several times after loosing a clutch and can do so after being bred only once. I have in the past seen toms struting with hens in mid June and I'd say some hens will let them breed. Toms gobble and will strut all yr its most prevalent in spring but it is done all yr its not only a mateing behavior but also a critical part of there social structure, that is to iron out pecking order. We need a really good hatch if it was not for that extra late hard freeze. I thank we would be haveing a killer hatch this yr. This hot drier weather is perfect for poult survival. I saw a hen with 12 or 13 just hatched poults on May 25th and there is a hen setting on about 10 eggs 100 yards out my front door but there's 2 other hens that are showing signs of not haveing a clutch this yr. Id sure like to see the timber full of poults in september. Colt