Can turkeys breed naturally?

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All turkeys can breed naturally, especially the heritage types which is the category that Royal Palm turkeys fit into. Even broad breasted turkeys can breed naturally but they are so inefficient at it that all commercial broad breasted turkeys are produced through artificial insemination.

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Likewise, can turkeys breed on their own?

Unlike factory birds who require artificial insemination, heritage breeds can breed on their own. Our turkey hens made great mothers. They only lay in the spring/early summer and we would get an egg everyday to every-other day.

One may also ask, what is the rarest turkey breed? Auburn Turkeys

Consequently, can wild turkeys mate with domestic turkeys?

Some types of domestic turkeys must be artificially bred, other types can breed on their own. For a wild turkey the breeding season is in March and April. To attract females, in both the wild and domestic turkey, the male will gobble and strut, fanning out his tail feathers. Males breed with more than one female.

What are the breeds of turkeys?

Royal Palm turkey Midget White turkey Dindon blanc de Moscou

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Why do we not eat turkey eggs?

The main reason is that turkeys lay less than chickens (around 110 turkey eggs per year as opposed to 300 chicken eggs) so they are relatively expensive and are invariably kept for breeding. Of course you can eat grass, but you can't get any great nutritional value from it.

Can turkeys mate with chickens?

There have been attempted crosses between domestic turkeys (Meleagris gallapavo) and chickens. According to Gray in 12 studies no hybrids hatched. When male chickens inseminated female turkeys, both male and female embryos form, but the males are much less viable and usually die in the early stages of development.

Can a turkey fertilize a chicken egg?

You can get a turkey/chicken hybrid, but for some reason they only produce male eggs.

Can you eat a turkey egg?

4 Answers. Yes, you absolutely can eat turkey eggs. They are somewhat like duck eggs in that they are richer and creamier in taste. However, turkeys don't lay nearly as many eggs as chickens - perhaps 100 a year as opposed to a hen's 300, so don't expect to enjoy them too often.

What are baby turkeys called?


A male turkey is called a tom or a gobbler, a female turkey a hen, and a baby turkey a poult or chick. A young male turkey is called a jake and a young female is called a jenny. A group of wild turkeys is called a flock, a group of domesticated turkeys is commonly referred to as a rafter.

How often do turkeys mate?

Generally, they're settling in to breed in mid-March and April, and hens will lay 10-12 eggs over the course of about 2 weeks, hatching around 28 days later. In order to have the upperhand this spring, studying turkey breeding patterns will prove to be helpful.

How fast do turkeys reproduce?

Hens lay between 10-12 eggs during a two week period. Continuous incubation begins when the last egg is laid. The hen will only leave for a short period to feed and may remain on the nest for several consecutive days. Eggs will be incubated for 26-28 days.

How can you tell if a turkey is male or female?

Male turkeys have brightly colored heads with no feathers, while females have a few feathers and are dully colored and better camouflaged in the wild. All turkeys have a fleshy appendage called a snood or dew bill which hangs from the beak. A male's snood is much larger and plumper in appearance than a female's.

Why do wild turkeys only have dark meat?

Dark Meat is Rare Because
Myoglobin also makes meat dark. Domestic turkeys are too fat to fly, so they don't use their breast muscles much, which is why breast meat is white. The breast of a wild turkey is entirely different, darker (and far tastier for those who are game).

Can you keep male turkeys together?


If your males cannot live together without fighting, we have found that they do well with large-breed roosters and can be good companions for them. Turkeys would, of course, prefer to be with other turkeys when possible.

Do turkeys stay in your yard?

Shelter should be draft-free, but as they grow, they will become more tolerant and can stay outdoors. Control Garden Access: Turkeys will happily pick away at insects in the yard and garden, but they may nibble on plants as well.

Why do wild turkeys circle each other?

The two younger did not have tail feathers open. Is there a reason why they were walking in this tiny circle. These types of movements are normal display behavior for turkeys. There is also a “pecking order” or dominance hierarchy that is established in male turkeys as they begin to form fall/winter flocks.

Do turkeys need companions?

Turkeys can make a fun backyard addition to provide your family with unique companionship, great life lessons and nutritious meat and eggs. But they can take a bit more TLC than backyard chickens, especially from the start.

Are turkeys smart?

Turkeys are actually quite intelligent. They are really good at geography and can learn the details of really large areas which is especially useful for finding food. Turkeys exhibit problem-solving behavior and are curious and inquisitive animals.

How many babies do turkeys have?


The hens lay one egg a day until 10 – 12 eggs have been laid. The average incubation time is 28 days, and in late May or early June the eggs will hatch over a 24 to 36 hour period. During the first 4 weeks of life, baby turkeys, called poults, are unable to fly and rely on their mother for protection.

How old are turkeys when slaughtered?

Age of animals slaughtered
Typical Slaughter Age Natural Life Span
Goats 12-20 weeks 12-14 years
Geese 15-20 weeks 8-15 years
Turkeys 4-5 months Up to 15 years*
Pigs 5-6 months 10-12 years

How much feed does a turkey eat per day?

For an average tom, you will feed him approximately 100 pounds of feed, and for a hen, 60 pounds. Adult turkeys will eat as much as fifty percent of their intake from pasture or range grass.