Do Turkeys Lay Eggs?
OR do they have live babies, give birth, or get pregnant?
Are you curious if a turkey lays an egg or gives birth?
Although much larger than the chicken, the turkey creates life and food in much the same way as a chicken.
A turkey lays an egg, which can be eaten, but if the turkey makes a nest and then sets on the egg for 28 days, a little poult (baby turkey) hatches out of the egg.
If you would like to find out more about the turkey egg, follow this link: Turkey Eggs Facts: (Size, Nutrition, & Taste??), +How to Hatch Them
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What time of year do turkeys lay eggs and will they lay eggs year around?
Turkeys are generally seasonal layers, beginning in the spring around April. But some people have found that their birds don’t always fit this mold and begin laying earlier.
If their eggs are picked each day and they are not allowed to make a nest, they will lay for a longer period of time.
How many times a year do turkeys lay eggs?
A turkey can lay up to 100 eggs a year and will lay between 2 and 3 eggs a week.
In a natural setting, they will lay a clutch of eggs. This means they will lay between 10-12 eggs in about two weeks to fill their nest. Then they will go broody and begin to set on the eggs to hatch them out.
Do turkeys lay eggs without a male?
A turkey will lay an egg with or without a male. But they will not be fertile. Without a male, they cannot be placed in an incubator and will not hatch if a hen sets on them.
What does a turkey egg look like?
Turkey eggs are usually creamy-white with brown speckles and they have a much pointer end than a chicken egg.
In this picture below you can see the four turkey eggs in the middle surrounded by a chicken egg and a goose egg.
Can you eat a turkey egg?
Now, don’t go around stealing eggs from any nest you see, but the reality is…you can eat any egg you come across. Eggs you can eat could be in a nest in a tree or a nest on the ground or in the chicken house or buried under some leaves or dirt like a duck sometimes does!
So, yes! A turkey egg is quite edible! In fact, many people prefer them. You can read more about turkey eggs here: Turkey Eggs