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WV Mountaineer 07-Sep-22
As I came down the county road, right near my mailbox, I watched a hen turkey walk out of the weeds, about 20 yds in front of me, followed by 2 baby chicks. I’m certain they were her chicks. They were so tiny, they could not have been more than a few days old, at most. Has anyone else ever seen turkey chicks that small, this late into the year?
I never have.
Her first 2 broods were eaten by a big cat. She's no quitter!
Seriously, though, that's crazy! I wonder if they'll survive?
I thought the same about 2-3 weeks ago Troy, these were eating in someone’s front lawn but we the size of baby chickens you get at tractor supply…I couldn’t believe it this late
I've seen small, late-born chicks but in early summer, never this late.
These yard birds came by the hood last week. I've been watching them for a few weeks. This is northern MI. They're not chicks but they seem pretty small for this late in the season.
That’s exactly what size they looked to be, MA-PA. They had better start putting some feathers on pretty quickly! I don’t know if her brood was more than just the 2, but that’s all I saw. I have also been seeing a small flock of 2 hens with 4-5 poults that were noticeably bigger than the ones in JL’s pics, just up the road from the other hen.
Ive seen more small poults this year late into summer then I ever remember. This pic was taken yesterday 9/5
I’ve not seen them that small this late. Did see two hens together with about 10 poults a week ago. The poults were bigger than a rooster pheasant.
That's super late but if a nest fails they can renest without Mr Tom's help.
Pretty sure they just wanted to give us something to talk about, other than politics
I would be happy just to see some baby turkey chicks. Of all the hens I have seen and trail cam pics, only one hen had one chick. Predators are brutal on them! I hope they make it.
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I’ve seen them like that in mid august. Never September.
That’s definitely late, but likely at least a 2nd and maybe her 3rd nesting attempt. We have possibly had our best hatch in 25+ years down here. I’ve seen a bunch of babies this summer!!!
t-roy, they clearly identify as turkey nuggets, not "chicks". You need to be more sensitive :)
Ya well once that mountain lion got done snacking on 200" of velvet he started on gobblers.
Late hatch I guess. I saw a calf elk with a cow today that was tiny. Had to be born just recently. Couple months later than usual
I've seen a hen with very young fresh poults on Sept 15th. That was 2001. They looked like they hatched just days ago. I remember the exact date, because it was opening day of archery deer season.
No never have
She may have lost a couple of broods to have small poults this late in the year. I flushed a hen off her nest on July 4th weekend one year with 14 eggs, and these look like they would have been hatched in the same time frame.
Took pix of these a week ago, nearly grown. Central MA, mother hen on left for reference