Osceola turkey chicks have been hatched to mother Giblet on September 9 and 10 at Brevard Zoo. These chicks are the primary of their species to hatch on the Zoo.
The Zoo’s small flock of turkeys has lived on the Zoo since September 2020, and though the females had laid eggs prior to now, they’d not produced any chicks till just lately. The chicks’ sire, Inexperienced Bean Casserole, lives with Giblet and different feminine turkeys Gravy and Cranberry.
This food-named flock had beforehand lived in a habitat close to the Zoo’s Wild Florida entrance with white-tailed deer Persimmon and Baird’s tapir Josie. Over the previous few months, the Zoo’s animal care staff made some adjustments to the animals’ habitats, together with renovating the massive space by Florida black bears to accommodate turkeys, Persimmon and four-month-old deer fawn Plum.
The explanation for breeding success may very well be the brand new area, however animal care workers can not say for sure. Inexperienced Bean Casserole might have additionally turn out to be extra enthusiastic about his fellow feminine turkeys.
Giblet laid a complete of 11 eggs in mid-August. This being her first time laying a viable nest, the
Zoo’s animal care staff was uncertain of what number of chicks would hatch. On Friday, September 9, two turkey chicks emerged from their eggs, and one other made its manner out the following day.
“Giblet is an incredible first-time mother and may be very protecting of her offspring,” mentioned Marc Franzen, Wild Florida Space Supervisor. “The chicks are all doing properly and are staying near mother however shifting round extra day by day.”
Giblet and her three younglings are at present spending their days of their habitat in Wild Florida, and their nights inside an evening home. “This reduces the specter of predation whereas keepers usually are not in a position to monitor the group,” mentioned Marc. On Wednesday, Giblet and the chicks got entry to everything of their habitat to allow them to work together with the opposite turkeys and deer Persimmon and Plum.
There may be potential for extra turkey chicks sooner or later on the Zoo as feminine Cranberry is sitting on a nest of her personal. The Zoo’s animal care staff has noticed eight eggs in her nest and can candle them quickly to evaluate their viability. As soon as laid, turkey eggs incubate for roughly 28 days from the time the final egg of the clutch has been laid.