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Fertile Eggs with no Tom Turkey?

I've been researching turkey behaviors and was very surprised to read this...

Turkey hens can reproduce through parthenogenesis, a process by which viable eggs are produced despite the hen having never mated, although the number of these embryos that are viable enough to hatch are very low. On the rare occasions when they do hatch successfully, the hatchlings are always male. Although this phenomenon has only been observed in domestic turkeys, it is believed to be true for their wild cousins.…/files/docs/about-turkeys.pdf

Nature always finds a way. Fascinating.

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