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#1 Ironranger

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:29 AM

Started hiking hills for the fall CO trip and there is this area that used to be an wicked mountain bike area until they started putting a freeway thru it and cut a section of it off. I went over the handlebars twice in one day and decided that it was a spot that I should hike rather than ride for my own sake!! Yesterday, the dog and I were walking along a creek bottom on the trail when he flushed a hen turkey. I had the dog sit back up the hill and took a closer look. Figured I'd find a nest but didn't think I'd find one with this many eggs. Counted 25 if I'm looking right. Checked on her today and she was sitting on the nest. This area is surrounded by residential so it's cool to see them in there. I saw a gobbler also as I rounded a corner. Second picture shows how well she is hidden from view as her nest is on the right side of the picture...

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 05:27 AM

What a great find. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if that is a usual number of eggs for a nest.
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:16 AM

I would never guess that many eggs out of one hen. Makes you wonder if they share nest sites with other hens. Now if half make it to maturity thats a good start on a new folk.

Thanks for sharing that Ironranger. :)
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:25 AM

Nice pics Tim.



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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:25 AM

Great pictures!

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 04:50 PM

I'm not sure how many they average but it was alot more than I'd seen before. This area is surrounded by homes so no hunting allowed here so I'll have another spot to go practice in the spring!! I checked on her today by sneaking in above and she was sitting there as still as ever. Certainly don't want to disturb her so I'll keep my distance. Wonder how long the females sit until the eggs hatch??

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:09 PM

That's about twice the size of a typical clutch. Hens usually lay one egg per day until they reach 12 or so. Then they will begin to incubate. Not sure what the story is there... Interesting.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:40 PM

Nice pics! It's very interesting to see such an unusual clutch of turkey eggs. Thanks for sharing .
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:49 PM

Wonder how long the females sit until the eggs hatch??


~4 weeks

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:36 PM

thats a lucky find and one tired tom!! that stud

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 09:55 PM

Great find and great pictures. I wonder how many of those actually survive to maturity?
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:21 AM

Thats a lot of eggs! Good hunting next year??

Glad you wasn't hurt going over the handle bars!! Looks to be safer hiking that trail!!
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:42 AM

Great find and great pictures. I wonder how many of those actually survive to maturity?


Stats tend to say 1/3 or less.

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 03:20 PM

No hunting in this area as it's a suburb. I'll be hiking there alot this summer so I'll keep an eye out for them...

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 07:20 PM

I've been checking her nest the last few weeks and walk up within about 10 yards of her. She had been sitting on them every time. Today I went and checked only to find an empty nest with a bunch of open shells and 5 that weren't hatched. Heard some peeping up the hill and walked up the hill a few steps. She came down putting all the way and wasn't happy with me so I backed out of there. Wonder if she'll go back on the nest once that many have hatched?




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