Turkey eggs hatch between 25 and 31 days after being laid. Turkeys lay between 4 and 17 eggs once per year. They can breed within their first year, but males typically do not because they must compete for mates with older males.
Male turkeys have no role in caring for eggs or young. Female turkeys incubate the eggs then guard the hatchlings at night for their first 20 days of life. Turkeys hatch highly developed, and they can walk and feed themselves within 24 hours after hatching. Turkey females are sometimes known to lay eggs in the nests of other females and in the nests of other bird species.