The turkeys are starting to lay more regularly and we are collecting eggs and incubating them. The next stage is candling to see if the eggs we set are fertile, and then it’s another wait to see that they are hatching well.
At a few months old the poults have sufficient feathering for us to get an idea as to whether the pairings have gone well and the results are as hoped. But some varieties don’t develop to their best until they have experienced a few senior moults, so more waiting.
As you can see there is no rushing turkeys, and it is why ‘patience’ is a required character trait for anyone taking up ‘poultry keeping.
Hey, maybe we should breed to develop the ‘patience gene’ in poultry keepers. Now there’s a thought.