kygobbler wrote:It says turkeys can reproduce when they are 10 months old. By using the word turkey in general I'm not sure if they mean hens or Jakes
WillowRidgeCalls wrote:We see a few strutters late spring and into the summer, but I believe that has more to do with the dominance factor
charlie elk wrote:
The site indicates 10 months for male and female. It also says the breeding season is Jan & Feb each year?! Then I thought oh that's in KY but its not, it's a Detroit School site. Don't think MI turkeys breed that early or is there a Detroit, KY? Do KY turkeys breed in Jan & Feb?
kygobbler wrote:Charlie, as far as I know we do not have a Detroit, KY. Although I did find out last week we have towns named Monkeys Eyebrow and Possum Trot.
Even though our season starts around April 15th, I believe they start mating by mid to late March. Like Scott said most states don't start their seasons until the end of the breeding cycle.
I would think if a poult was born in August and at 10 months that would put her to be able to breed in June. If she is willing to breed I don't think a tom would turn her down just because it isn't spring time.
Now I have seen hens in the fall that didn't have any little ones with them. I sometimes wondered if it was because they were hatched late and couldn't be breed at the time or if predators had eaten their young. To me that's just one of the wonders of nature.
Here is another curve ball I just thought of and some what supports the old school thought of the day light deal. A hen will go to the tom to be breed in the morning due to he is more fertile. The hotter he gets the less fertile he is. So if a hen, who hasn't been breed, goes to him in June or July. Is he fertile enough due to the weather being around 20-30 degrees hotter? I know I'm getting way off in left field but now I'm curious.
kygobbler wrote:A hen will go to the tom to be breed in the morning due to he is more fertile. The hotter he gets the less fertile he is.
charlie elk wrote:
I have never done a sperm count on a hot to hotter gobbler so I don't feel qualified to comment.
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