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Wild American turkey eggs & nest

Meleagris gallopavo eggs

Description:

Eggs ready to hatch. When mating is finished, females search for nest sites. Nests are shallow dirt depressions engulfed with woody vegetation. Hens lay a clutch of 10-14 eggs, usually one per day. The eggs are incubated for at least 28 days. The poults are precocial and nidifugous, leaving the nest in about 12–24 hours. Predators of eggs and nestlings include Raccoons, Virginia Opossums, Striped Skunks, Gray foxes, raptors, Groundhogs, other rodents, spotted skunks, rat snakes, Gopher Snakes, pinesnakes, Predators of both adults and young include Coyotes, Bobcats, Cougars, Golden Eagles and (with the exception of males) Great Horned Owls, Dogs, and red foxes.

Habitat:

Woods

Notes:

Scared the turkey hen from this nest since it was so close to my vegetable garden!

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6 Comments

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Please consider putting this spotting into the Animal Architecture mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8082...

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Thanks I'm putting a link on my turkey photo

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 9 years ago

Like duck eggs brownish in color

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Will do... though we too have a garden that they are eying through the snow drifts. How large are these eggs?

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 9 years ago

They are easy to scare off while clutching a brood so try to stay away if you want to see chicks in May

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

So this is how the eggs will look. We have 10 wild turkeys as neighbors this winter.

Nicholas4
Spotted by
Nicholas4

New Jersey, USA

Spotted on Apr 7, 2006
Submitted on Mar 17, 2011

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