Turkeys by the Dozen

Turkeys by the Dozen
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes By Dorothy Rieke I really don’t know why Mother decided to raise turkeys. Maybe, she was hoping to have a treat on holidays, or maybe she just liked the looks of those birds, or maybe she needed money for a special project.  Whatever the reason, Mother drove to a neighbor’s farm home and returned with nearly 100 large, fertile turkey eggs.   Hens were selected, nests were prepared, and feeders and waterers were in place. Soon, her setting hens would be setting on large brown-speckled eggs. I could not wait to see those baby turkeys or poults.  It took 28 days for the hatching. Mother was disappointed that some eggs did not hatch because she wanted live chicks from every egg. From many of the eggs came long-legged poults, larger than baby chicks.   During those first few days, I’m sure the poults probably had trouble deciding

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