Do turkeys lay eggs?


Quick Answer

Turkeys lay eggs. After mating season, which can arrive anywhere between February and April, turkeys nest near the ground in well-vegetated areas. They lay 10 to 12 eggs during a laying period, which, on average, amounts to laying one egg per day.

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Female turkeys incubate their eggs for around four weeks. They only move to turn and rearrange the eggs occasionally until they are ready to hatch. Upon hatching, the newborn turkeys, called poults, are covered with down. They must leave the nest within 12 to 24 hours of being born to feed themselves. Poults typically feed on bugs, seeds and wild berries.

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