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Couple turkey biology questions

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Here we go!

Does a hen get bred once a year or daily?

Hens lay one egg per day?

Average number of eggs? I'll guess a dozenish?

Length of incubation and do they hatch roughly the same time?

About 2 weeks until they can join mom on the roost I believe.

Side note, I typically see hens with either lots of chicks or none. I'm guessing if a nest gets discovered by a predator the whole batch is done - probably an all or nothing type affair.

Also, does increasing daylight 'trigger' them to mate/hens to be receptive?

Finally, how long after the first(or only?) breeding is the first egg laid?

Later.

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1) Hens can be bread more than once per day.

2) egg laying can occur over several days

3) 10-15

4) 25-30 days, hatching can take 24-30 hours

5) can fly at 3 weeks of age

6) I have seen late hatches and heard of 2nd broods (re-nesting)

7) Speculative. Many believe the weather and/or daylight plays a roll in mating.

8) refer to #4. I heave also heard that a hen has a unique ability to delay the fertilization of her eggs in case conditions such as weather are a factor. Not sure if this is true.

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Thanks much! For question number 1, does a hen have to get bred for each egg or just once for all eggs she will lay?

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