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Author Topic: Turkey question  (Read 341 times)

Offline Antlerdan

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Turkey question
« on: April 07, 2009, 08:54:34 AM »
I have a question? Im new to the site. Turkeys have been reintroduced to my section of the state of Maine (Aroostook County).We usually have 100 plus inches of snow every year. 2 yrs ago we had almost 200 inches. Some turkeys were released at the beginning of April. What is the life expectancy of a turkey?

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Re: Turkey question
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 09:32:18 AM »
Depends on who is hunting them....  --099-780 @--0--0105 --099-780 @--0--0105 Sorry, I couldn't resist!!

Seriously Now...What are a turkey's chances of survival, from egg to adult? The following statistics are from The Wild Turkey - Biology and Management, edited by James G. Dickson and published in l992 by Stackpole Books: (a) nesting success of the turkey is 31-45 percent, about normal for a ground-nesting species; (b) 53 to 76 percent of poults perish, mostly within two weeks of hatching; (c) life expectancy of a turkey surviving its first two weeks of life is still less than 1 1/2 years, although a few have been known to survive more than 10 years in the wild; (d) annual turkey survival generally ranges from 54 to 62 percent; (e) predation is generally the most common cause of wild turkey mortality; and (f) hunting-related turkey mortality is highly variable, depending largely on varying hunting season regulations, but can range from less than five percent to more than 50 percent of all losses.
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Re: Turkey question
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 09:37:28 AM »
Nock your getting awfully funny there.  But great info after the joke.

Offline harry-o

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Re: Turkey question
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 05:00:03 PM »
5 years old are cosidered and old bird and only 30 percent survive their first 2 weeks but they will make up for laying eggs 1,2 and it has been recorded sometimes 3 that rare.Turkeys on our farm the first we seen them there was just a couple and 2 years later there was 70 plus.


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