Preferred display sites are those areas of low growing ground cover. At Blue Jay Barrens, a choice location is the level lawn behind the house.
A nesting hen typically visits with a male in the early morning and then
sneaks off to lay one egg in her nest.
I always carry a pair of hand pruners on my
belt, so I headed out into the field to cut the unwanted cedar.
I quickly backed away a few steps
Old books will tell you that turkeys nest in
the woods, usually beside a fallen tree trunk.
Blue Jay Barrens has dozens of fallen trees, but none with an accompanying
turkey nest. The most common place to
find a turkey nest seems to be in a tall grass field, usually beside a small
As I had hoped,
the hen had laid her daily egg and was away from the nest.
There is enough of a base
to keep the eggs slightly elevated above the ground. I hope this was enough to keep them high and
dry during last night’s two inch rainfall.
This hen should begin incubating soon, unless
there’s more than one hen involved. In
some cases, multiple hens will lay eggs in a shared nest site. I’m not sure how the incubation duties are
decided in a situation like that. At any
rate, there should be a batch of young turkeys joining the flock in about four
weeks. I’ll stay away until then and hope
the incubation goes well.
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