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Author Topic: Poult Sightings  (Read 1262 times)

Offline kawappa

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Poult Sightings
« on: August 22, 2009, 09:11:19 PM »
I am very concerned about this years hatch. Last year I saw several hens with poults,  I have not seen a hen with any poults this year.  What have you seen so far in yoiur area?
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2009, 09:21:28 PM »
Sounds like you may be having a bad year for Turkey production. I have not seen a lot in my hunting area, but there are not a lot of Turkey anyways so that is not too unusual.
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2009, 09:30:11 PM »
II have had 4 different hens coming in the back yard.  They started out with about 18-20 chicks and now one hen is gone (got hit by a car, not far from my house), and there are only 12 chicks remaining.  Some of the chicks are as big as chickens.  they must not all hatch at the same time, because there is a noticeable difference in size.  One of the 3 remaining hens has about a 3" beard.  When she first came in, she came in by herself and 2 or 3 chicks.

I was looking out the window this morning, and they came in the yard, about 8 am, hung around for a while then left.  They actually get pretty close to the house.
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2009, 09:33:47 PM »
We have them everywhere, I saw a hen with the little ones along the highway this afternoon.
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2009, 09:36:04 PM »
We have quite a bunch of turkeys in NY but we did have a colod and wet spring and that aint good for the little ones, but, I thik we will have a good year @--0--0118
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2009, 10:50:28 PM »
I know wet weather affects poult survival but it has not been extremely wet here. I have six toms (that were jakes last year ) that show up almost daily. I hope they are the reason that I have not been seeing any hens with poults.
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2009, 06:58:25 AM »
I know wet weather affects poult survival but it has not been extremely wet here. I have six toms (that were jakes last year ) that show up almost daily. I hope they are the reason that I have not been seeing any hens with poults.

I don't think that the toms would scare the hens away.  Besides the hens and chicks I have had in the back yard, I have also had 4 toms coming in.  Sometimes, they come separately, but sometimes, they are all together.  I have not seen any sign of conflict between the two groups.  I think the hens are more likely to strike out at a poult if they seem to get in the way (especially if they are not their own)
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2009, 02:12:08 PM »
Kawappa, see earlier post of mine "wet spring turkeys".  things seem ok in the Northeast.
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2009, 02:23:26 PM »
That is sad to hear. I can't complain I have seen more turkey around my area than I ever have. Including new hatching, maybe it will get better for you.  @--0--0101
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2009, 05:05:59 PM »
Have you seen any increase in foxes or 'yotes? Coons will also destroy any nest they find. -Bill
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2009, 05:38:05 PM »
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2009, 04:42:14 PM »
Have you seen any increase in foxes or 'yotes? Coons will also destroy any nest they find. -Bill
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2009, 03:52:47 PM »
I rarely see a yote around here anymore because they know what will happen to them. but I still see some coons every now and then. These critters are not the reason why I haven't seen any poults. I'm sure there are plenty of them around but for some reason they are not showing up in my food plots like they did last year. I see the same six toms everyday.
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Re: Poult Sightings
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2009, 04:32:32 PM »
i was talking to wv abpout this last nite ive seen more hens with poults this year than i can ever remember not just 2 or 3 poults with a hen more like 8 to 12 with a hen and most of the sightings in the last 2 weeks.lookin good for me in a couple years love those 2 year olds they are movie stars like to gobble and come running to a call. -0078 @--0--0109
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