We decided not to incubate our Narragansett eggs this year as the hens decided to set. We started with around 9 eggs in April and eggs got eaten by rodents, broken accidently, etc and the turkey hens gave up, but we still had three eggs left under our Buff Orpington hen. Our young Golden Seabright bantam hen decided to join her in the nest and then the Cuckoo Maran hen decided to go broody too. One of the eggs developed a crack so I discarded it and another was broken the next day, but had a turkey embryo in it. With only one egg left from the April batch, I was about to give up when the turkeys started to lay again so I put the new eggs under the broody hens.
I checked on Friday quickly after work and only saw two eggs, but we were working on other projects and I didn’t think to look for the broken egg until later. When I went back I found an egg shell and pulled it out, but the hens were really angry so I picked them up and found a little turkey poult, alive and well and already dry. He wasn’t 100% steady on his feet yet, so I left him with the hens over night.
Saturday morning I tried transferring him into the chick pen with the banty hen, but it wasn’t working. When I brought the Orpington down with him, you could tell she had a better bond. I haven’t actually seen him eat and drink so I dunked his head in water this morning to be sure and got my hands pecked for it, but they seem to be doing fine. I’m now more worried about the older chicks as the mother hen is a bit bossy, but they seem to have split the pen and both have access to the food/water.