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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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How big are poults this time of year?

I know very little about turkeys. Reason I ask "how big are poults this time of year?" is I just had a hen cross the road right in front of me and I had to stop to let her poults cross. There were at least 4 of them and they were about the size of a robin or slightly larger. The last one got airborne and flew across part of the road, maybe 8 or 10 feet. I would have thought poults of the year would be bigger by now?



Is this normal or was this a late clutch?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 03:14 PM
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late hatch, saw a bunch last week large chicken size


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Saw 2 different batches today coming home from work.1st hen 3 poults Half her size . Second hen They were very small . She had 8 total .


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Almost like corn some knee high by the 4th of July but most I have seen knee high by Sept 4.
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In the last couple weeks I have seen poults almost as large as the hen and some that were probably less than two weeks old and robin size. I wouldn't be surprised if some haven't even hatched yet. I saw new poults in September one year.


That is actually how nature assures that we don't lose a whole year of reproduction from a week or two of bad weather. If a hen loses her eggs, due to nest predation, she will renest several times until she is successful. If she loses hen hatched poults though she is done for the year. Without nest predation al of the hens would nest about the same time, all the eggs would hatch about the same time and then if you had a couple weeks of bad weather you lose nearly all of the year's young. By having the nesting cycle broke up over the entire summer it actually results in more young surviving and being recruited into the next year's reproductive cycle.


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In the last couple weeks I have seen poults almost as large as the hen and some that were probably less than two weeks old and robin size. I wouldn't be surprised if some haven't even hatched yet. I saw new poults in September one year.


That is actually how nature assures that we don't lose a whole year of reproduction from a week or two of bad weather. If a hen loses her eggs, due to nest predation, she will renest several times until she is successful. If she loses hen hatched poults though she is done for the year. Without nest predation al of the hens would nest about the same time, all the eggs would hatch about the same time and then if you had a couple weeks of bad weather you lose nearly all of the year's young. By having the nesting cycle broke up over the entire summer it actually results in more young surviving and being recruited into the next year's reproductive cycle.


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And deer interestingly have basically the opposite breeding strategy...drop all the fawns in as short a window as biologically possible to overwhelm the predators. Thus the reliability and consistency of rut timing. The bears, cats, and yotes will get their fill, but they can't eat them all. I guess the short gestation period and rapid growth of birds allows a lot more flexibility to adopt their strategy. Nature finds a way.
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Saw a flock of 11 Friday evening. It was hard to distinguish the mommas from the kids.

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It really depends on when they were hatched. A buddy of mine ran over an active nest mid-July this year brush-hogging.

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Some of my hens are still laying. When I stop taking eggs one or two hens will get broody and then most will stop laying. They layed around 800 eggs from April-august. 1st hatch was Memorial Day they are large. 2nd hatch June 7th almost as large as 1st. 3rd hatch July 7th they are approximately 5/8th the size of 2nd hatch.

Been seeing a hen and poults which are about half her size, with the exception of one of them that is much larger than the rest. Possibly another hens poult with this flock.

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