Mamma turkey also hatched 5 poults and one chick about 5 days before her own babies. A chicken laid an egg in her nest and she did not abandon the nest, but stayed to hatch the rest. Two eggs did not hatch, and she too has returned to the nest to see if they will be good or not. Two baby turkeys died today though, one getting stuck and cold and the other simply expired due to failure to thrive. The rest are robust and healthy, but it is always difficult for the mothers to keep the babies alive with the dogs, cats and ravens about. There are not enough shelters for all the newly hatched birds and if forced to live together, one goose may kill the other babies. It is best to let nature take its course some times.
Mamma turkeys, geese and chickens are awesome.Thank you mammas!