- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department wants you to be on the lookout for turkeys for its annual survey.

Last summer’s survey yielded a record number of 2,202 brood observation reports. Turkey biologist Ted Walski says weather conditions have generally been good this year for turkey breeding, nesting and hatching.

Hens in New Hampshire generally begin laying eggs from mid-April to early May and complete their clutch of about 12 eggs in early to mid-May. Incubation lasts for 28 days, and most nests hatch from late May to mid-June.

If incubating turkey eggs are destroyed or consumed by predators, hens often lay a replacement clutch of eggs that hatch late June through late August.

“Observations made in late July and August are especially important,” Walski said. “Those young who have survived into August are likely to become adults, so these sightings provide the best index to summer breeding productivity.”

The survey lasts through Aug. 31.




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