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Been seeing a Hen in my yard past 2 weeks Solo.  Could not get a photo. Till this Morning when my neighbor called me over to point to This Hen against the front foundation of his house. he was pulling the weeds and exposed it. At that time 3 eggs buy 3:30 12 Eggs.  I put some Branches for a cover that it liked since it ran off then returned in Minutes to sit. 

This same thing happened 2 Than 4 years ago. around the same foundation but on the side. The old Neighbor Did not Like it one bit and destroyed the Eggs and nest as the new one was no problem.  It says Lifespan 4 -5 the most. And Nest April - May I would like to think this Hen is a Regular  Returning.  It will be interesting to see the outcome as I will post Daily or Every other day Hoping to see some hatchlings  The odds are against her Bigtime.  The Brach is not in place yet in these photos   Have to take some Sun Rise photos to be Clearer 

 

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She looks OLD. Hope the best for her and the eggs. 

My aunt has a duck do the same thing in her front yard. I found it couple Easter's ago, was helping my younger son look for eggs she had put out And I felt something bite my hand.  Lol. Month later the eggs hatched and the momma duck walked them out of the yard across a road to a pond a half me away. The duck has returned this past spring. 

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 If you keep going there for daily pictures the odds are really against her. Number one rule with any nests is to stay away.

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7/09 /18  am Neighbour pulled all the weeds exposing her so This Morning I placed a Branch to give some Protection better than nothing but will improve on it some as she gets used to it. As she won't leave Nest with me Checking on her 

Heard they love Cheerios so she had Breakfast this morning  Future Pets. 

I am more confident this is the one from 3 years ago since she has no tail Feathers lost that year form someone trying to Catch her and took the eggs.  

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Checked in this morning 6:30 am -7/12 all good have not seen her off the Nest. I added some more cover for her for shade. Seems the Cheerios I gave her Monday that she devoured but now ignores. Even added a water dish she did peck at.  Can't imagine they go off feeding for a Month,  she must sneak off now and then

She also has become used to me and doesn't Spook. 

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6/14/2018 12;27 pm

Check in on Moma  Turkey sitting calmly not spooked by my presence She is back on Eating the Cheerios I feed her  Changed the Water also. I don't know how they survive in the wild and the feeding habits. Guess 3 more weeks till hatching.   Got a PM with advice to spray about spraying a relevant but did not want to bring attention to the area even though I read turkeys have no sense of smell or very little to none. so don't know about that

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Good job 57 like I said earlier, I am rooting for her. Please continue to keep us posted 

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12 minutes ago, Stewey said:

Good job 57 like I said earlier, I am rooting for her. Please continue to keep us posted 

Thanks will do just ordered this Repellant covers many critters without harm. watched video on Havahart.  just sprinkle a Line around the nest some 5 foot away good for 30 days by then they will be on there own Than and they will be under the protection of Winchester from than on. 

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7/16/2018 She few past my front yard so I went over next door to check the Eggs ( 12 ) in all she only flew 2 houses down and began pecking around she made a Big circle around some 4 yards crossed back across the Street but kept just out of range for a photo waited 45 min to see her back on nest but gave up.  The Eggs are Buff Colored speckled And not much bigger than Jumbo Chicken eggs. ????  As I remember 2 years ago the nest that got destroyed had Whiter Larger eggs.  Can't imagine The Chicks in such small eggs and that they can fly at 2 weeks old.  Give water and Cheerios but since she leaves the nest might stop  

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Hens always leave there nest to feed on there own. That's why many states have hunting only until noon because most hens spend the afternoons on nests and they don't want hunters spooking hens off there nest.

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6 hours ago, mikejd said:

Hens always leave there nest to feed on there own. That's why many states have hunting only until noon because most hens spend the afternoons on nests and they don't want hunters spooking hens off there nest.

Thanks this hen goes by her own clock as most women do she leaves between 3;30 4; 30 pm does a quick 1/2 mile range and then back on the Nest.   I got that Critter Ridder today from Amazon will put down at Sundown today. make a Big 1/2 circle from the foundation and back.  and then a 2nd 1/2 circle further out. It won't be for a lack of trying to protect her and the Eggs __soon to hatch. 3 weeks  I am guessing.

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Dam whatever is in The Critter Ridder The resident feral cat went Nuts last night,  guess it won't be back anytime soon.   

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2 hours ago, kenny10177 said:

Be careful or one day your neighborhood will look like this. https://youtu.be/JC2pGd-RMF4

I have had my car surrounded by hundreds of them on SI.

They where everywhere on the power lines. It's funny to see. I remember when there was like 1 or 2 out there 25 years ago. That's when I first started turkey hunting. I would go practice calling where the uses to live. Then the population exploded.

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Thanks for sharing. I don't know how you feed her cherrios, but you have to be careful about attracting other critters such as coons.

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56 minutes ago, mikejd said:

I have had my car surrounded by hundreds of them on SI.

They where everywhere on the power lines. It's funny to see. I remember when there was like 1 or 2 out there 25 years ago. That's when I first started turkey hunting. I would go practice calling where the uses to live. Then the population exploded.

I never turkey hunted but was thinking about going there to practice calling. Did it work well?

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6 hours ago, rocky said:

Thanks for sharing. I don't know how you feed her cherrios, but you have to be careful about attracting other critters such as coons.

Like a dozen in the morning and she eats them up as I drop them If That Critter Ridder does to a coon like that cat No Worries it is rainproof 30 days by that time hope to see Poults Strutting out on their own.  

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5 hours ago, kenny10177 said:

I never turkey hunted but was thinking about going there to practice calling. Did it work well?

I have all the Turkey calls on my Laptop from the federation's website in the spring I was driving them nuts with the Assembly call also one neighbor asking me did you hear them Turkeys this morning.   But she is a Loaner have not seen any others.  I think the heat has them deeper in Woods.   Do you think feeding her Cranraisans will make her Taste better by Thanksgiving?       ------------------------Just kidding     

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23 hours ago, kenny10177 said:

Be careful or one day your neighborhood will look like this. https://youtu.be/JC2pGd-RMF4

Went through that stage for past 10 years or more I Loved it but many did not. The NJDFAG Came in and Trapped and simply Destroyed them as fast as they could. a losing battle in some areas as many of them Survived. Just as they do with the Geese and Deer Kill them Destroy - Waist them all in the Name of conservation. People move into Their habitats and Bitch they have to GO. Like the AHs who move next door to an Airport or train Tracks and Complain about The Noice.    The landscapers just cut the Lawn ( AKA WEED PATCH ) next door and were like 2 feet away from the nest and never saw it. I got it camoed and she did not budge.  She Cluks when I come with the Cheerios each Morning. I won't make the Location Public for many Reasons. 

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On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 3:14 PM, kenny10177 said:

I never turkey hunted but was thinking about going there to practice calling. Did it work well?

I did it when there was only a few birds around and I was in a wooded area. If you did it now you would have 50 birds answering you. Probably would not be much help knowing your calling abilities. But it is cool to have them answer.

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46 minutes ago, mikejd said:

I did it when there was only a few birds around and I was in a wooded area. If you did it now you would have 50 birds answering you. Probably would not be much help knowing your calling abilities. But it is cool to have them answer.

:laughing:  50 birds answering :rofl: Maybe 2 Birds 48 other hunters  ;) As far as calling abilities I have every Call on my Laptop you name it from the Turkey Federation website in the spring and early fall  I sit on my upper Deck and push a key and watch the show. For Hunting, I don't know if it is ok to do it with a Smartphone App. But is, after all, New Jersey.   As far as The Hen goes there is never a peep out of her even when she flys out to feed.  And the rest of the Locals have been absent but for a few Toms strutting by at Dawn.   

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