- Stella the dog was playing with an unusual toy which turned out to be an egg.
- The dog’s mom, Erica Laurenzi tried to find the egg’s nest or mom but failed and so she brought it home and placed it in an incubator.
- After 25 days, the egg hatched, and out came Stella’s new feathered farm mate — a turkey.
Erica Laurenzi is used to her dog, Stella, running around and playing on their 250-acre property in Maine. But one day, Erica found Stella playing with an unusual toy — an egg.
Amazed that the dog did not break the egg, Erica tried looking for similar eggs in the area, a nest or a mother. She didn’t have a clue what kind of egg it was.
After an hour of searching, Erica decided to bring the mystery egg home and start googling what kind of egg it was. But she had a hunch that it was a turkey egg.
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Erica said, “I have raised many sparrows and robins but have never cared for and hatched an egg.” Upon her google search confirmation that it was indeed a turkey egg, “I put the egg in my sports bra and drove to Tractor Supply to find the Rolls Royce of incubators. Nothing but the best to give this egg the best fighting chance,” she added.
They incubated the for 25 days with Stella watching over the egg round the clock.
Erica said that the morning the egg began to hatch, Stella knew that something was happening. She said, “We had the incubator up high on our kitchen counter out of the reach of any potential threats. By the end of the day, her and I sat side by side on our counter stools as it picked away at its egg shell. She watched intently all night long as it dried off and got its bearings.”
And when the chick emerged from its shell, Stella was mesmerized and so was her mom.
Erica said, “We were pretty sure after all of our egg research that it was a turkey, but still as stunned and amazed that all that little bird needed was inside an egg we stared at for almost a month.”
They are planning on reintroducing the turkey chick into its natural habitat and making it Lost Mile Organic’s mascot. As for Stella, she peeks inside the brooder and checks on her little turkey but not close enough for them to bond. She brought the egg in the first place, didn’t she?
Source: The Dodo
July 2, 2022 at 2:33 pm
How is the young turkey going to learn to survive in the wild without instruction from its mother or a flock?
July 2, 2022 at 4:46 pm
TO YOUR WAY OF THINKING SUE, SHE SHOULD HAVE JUST LET THE DOG KEEP PLAYING WITH IT UNTIL IT CRACKED AND ALL THE GOOEY STUFF RAN ALL OVER THE GROUND………THAT WAY, SHE WOULDN’T HAVE TO FEED IT AND MAKE IT THE HEALTHIEST WILD TURKEY AROUND…..
SURE HOPE NO ONE EVER BRINGS YOU A PUP OR KITTEN THAT WAS FOUND IN THE WILD……THEY WOULD NEVER SURVIVE IN YOUR CARE.