How many poults have you seen?

jug

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I figured I would start it before we all disperse before the Hot a$$ Carolina Summer festivities begin.....😜
My future son in law saw a mama hen with at least 6 poults less than 2 weeks old on Friday behind the house he is renting . May have been more but the tall grass hid them well he said.
In Harnett
 

wolfman

Old Mossy Horns
I'd say a dozen. Looked like her full clutch. Hard to tell as they were so small it looked like the ground was moving. 2-3 days old probably. I could have taken a picture but got away quick. Set a camera up nearby.
 

turkeyfoot

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Not yet took good ride today seen 3 lone midday hens and did get rid of one nest predator. Also heard 2 gobblers that seemed ready to come to a call
 

Duckmauler dhc

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Saw a hen with about 7-10 poults the first week of april, another hen in a different area with poults the second week of april, and a hen with poults the last week of april. Have not seen any in may so far. Saw 2 toms strutting for one lone hen yesterday morning and a lone gobbler standing in a field yesterday afternoon. First male birds I've seen since early to mid april and in an area I haven't seen any turkeys at all in a long time. Hope that's a good sign.
 
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oldest school

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me and LC are worried about all this rain.
Looks like they are changing the seasons just in time. We aint gonna have any two yr olds in 2026 anyway.:skeerd::panic::stir:
 

turkeyfoot

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me and LC are worried about all this rain.
Looks like they are changing the seasons just in time. We aint gonna have any two yr olds in 2026 anyway.:skeerd::panic::stir:
From the forum kill pics hardly had any this year. 2 year olds supposed make up 70-80% the harvest but from what I've seen not just here but from others as well they were noticeably lower. I know you were kidding but makes you wonder bout next year.
 

Lucky Clucker

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From the forum kill pics hardly had any this year. 2 year olds supposed make up 70-80% the harvest but from what I've seen not just here but from others as well they were noticeably lower. I know you were kidding but makes you wonder bout next year.
With all this rain.its terrible for the.poults, my cousin did see a hen above my mailbox yesterday with 3.said looked like a few days old.we got tons of rain last night. And more coming. Looks lime mother nature does all it can to keep turkey numbers down. We need a drought asap.
 

turkeyfoot

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With all this rain.its terrible for the.poults, my cousin did see a hen above my mailbox yesterday with 3.said looked like a few days old.we got tons of rain last night. And more coming. Looks lime mother nature does all it can to keep turkey numbers down. We need a drought asap.
If you had a drought during hatch/brood time you'd be screwed reduced protein source and cover for piults is all you'd have. It's a fine balance and we are on surplus for rain but past isn't critical for our area the next 3 or 4 weeks need to compensate for the start
 

jug

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@Lucky Clucker
Wildlife biologist Lovett Williams said we need some rain during the hatch and brood rearing phases......
I did see a lot of jakes this year.
I don't think it is bad yet.....
Duplin county seems not to be hurt at all with all the rain they got last Spring....
 

oldest school

Old Mossy Horns
It’s going be dry for a spell near me. I have a farmer neighbor that is miraculous in his timing of planting and cutting.
He is cutting this am.
 
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hoyt85

Six Pointer
The 9 poults reported just across the line in southern Va on May 8th are down to 5 as of yesterday. I'd love to know the demise of the 4 considering the weather they had last week. Last week was a catch 22, it kept the hay fields standing a little longer.......

Poults on the ground in PA and Mass.

I know photoperiodism drives it...but I don't think you can deny temps play a bigger role than we may like to think.
 

turkeyfoot

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The 9 poults reported just across the line in southern Va on May 8th are down to 5 as of yesterday. I'd love to know the demise of the 4 considering the weather they had last week. Last week was a catch 22, it kept the hay fields standing a little longer.......

Poults on the ground in PA and Mass.

I know photoperiodism drives it...but I don't think you can deny temps play a bigger role than we may like to think.
To a extent I'd have guess if you got early spring and stayed warm a hen that bulked up on early available food would be ready nest sooner.
 

CutNRun

Ten Pointer
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My best friend & his wife saw 20 + poults with two hens up near the top of his big pasture on Sunday (Franklin County). My wife walked up on a hen with a few (3 or 4?) near the Durham / Orange line a few days ago. I've not seen any, though I haven't checked the trail cameras since the season ended. Been working too much.

Jim
 

LR308

Twelve Pointer
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I haven't seen any yet, in person or on trail camera. I have seen plenty of hens out in the freshly cut fields. No little ones.
 
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