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2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« on: July 05, 2022, 09:01:53 AM »
Iím not seeing a lot of checks yet, Iím hoping the hens have been keeping their chicks in hiding, but Iím a little worried that all the rain may have had an impact. I have 5 hens around my place with no chicks, havenít seen a chick here yet. A friend has seen a hen with one, a hen with two, and this morning two hens with nine chicks. My fingers are crossed that in the next couple weeks more chicks become visible.

Something of interest, yesterday a hen was yelping loudly and a tom was gobbling like crazy, hopefully she will breed again?

Report the chicks you see here?
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2022, 09:17:07 AM »
I've seen a bunch of turkeys but only one with chicks.  That was yesterday so hopefully they are just starting to venture out but suspect your suspicions of a poor hatch might be true.

Also, finally saw a quail pair with chicks two days ago.  They looked to be no more than a week old.           

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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2022, 09:55:48 AM »
I saw at least 2 hens go to roost in a tree a couple days ago and there were at least 15 poults flying up the tree to join.  It was a cool sight to see. First time I have seen them that small. I usually see turkeys in the fall.
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2022, 09:57:23 AM »
I saw at least 2 hens go to roost in a tree a couple days ago and there were at least 15 poults flying up the tree to join.  It was a cool sight to see. First time I have seen them that small. I usually see turkeys in the fall.

What part of the state?
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2022, 10:02:09 AM »
2 hens with 7 very small, 1 hen with 3 of same size, several hens without.  No quail chicks yet.

From my view point it looks poor at best.

2500' east side of the lake (Roosevelt).

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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2022, 10:08:24 AM »
I saw at least 2 hens go to roost in a tree a couple days ago and there were at least 15 poults flying up the tree to join.  It was a cool sight to see. First time I have seen them that small. I usually see turkeys in the fall.

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This was central near Yakima area.
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2022, 10:16:37 AM »
Our ungulate populations have tanked and we can't hardly hunt predators due to liberals, WDFW mismanagement, predators, parasites, and disease, it's going to be a very slow comeback for our ungulates, probably never again be like it once was. I would hate to see turkey numbers drop sharply, it's one of the few things WDFW and the controlling liberals in WA haven't figured out how to screw up! Fingers crossed for a better chick showing in the next few weeks!
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2022, 10:17:49 AM »
I saw at least 2 hens go to roost in a tree a couple days ago and there were at least 15 poults flying up the tree to join.  It was a cool sight to see. First time I have seen them that small. I usually see turkeys in the fall.

What part of the state?

This was central near Yakima area.

Maybe you have been a little drier? Good to hear your flocks are growing there!  :tup:
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2022, 03:31:44 PM »
Seeing a lot of hens around with no poults, but have seen a couple with 10-12 following them. This morning saw a hen with 7-8 that looked like they'd barely hatched, and then a  hen with several that looked half grown.  Undergrowth is so thick and tall this year they disappear in a hurry.

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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2022, 04:48:48 PM »
It was a weird spring up north this year. We had piles of Tomís responsive the 4th week of May but were still henned up.  Also saw more toms And jakes running around then we have ever have seen.  Where other places up there people said they were way down after this winter

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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2022, 05:42:48 PM »
I was reading that it is about a month before they start flying up to a roost with mom.  They grow pretty fast but I was afraid that this spring would not be a good hatch.  Cold and wet just about all spring throughout the whole state. There is a link the state is doing a poult report so they get a better understanding of where the birds are at and populations. https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/management/game-bird-survey


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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2022, 06:01:35 PM »
Havenít seen any chicks around CDA area yet.

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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2022, 10:13:47 AM »
think this is going to be a very off year.. cold and late the way birds hunted, wet spring for chicks.. not good or ideal for sure
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2022, 10:29:31 AM »
Our local radio is reporting that the drought is officially over in NE WA. This spring and early summer had the most precipitation since 1995, local streams are back to normal flows this summer. I suppose this is great news for fish, maybe not so great for most wild bird hatches!

I'm still seeing lots of hens with no chicks, it seems like chick numbers are down. Strangely, a couple weeks ago we had a hen yelping like mad and a gobbler was answering her, sounded like some turkey love was going to take place, I'm not sure if that can happen this late in the season?
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Re: 2022 Turkey Hatch Report
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2022, 10:33:25 AM »
We are definitely having a crazy weather year .
In the NE.
I haven't seen any baby turkey.
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