Reproductive Asynchrony Within Social Groups of Female Eastern Wild Turkeys

We studied whether breeding groups of hens, those small groups of hens we see with small groups of toms, all initiated nests at the same time or staggered them within the nesting season.  We found that the number of days between first nest initiation across hens within groups varied between 3 and 7 days, but we expected only 1–2 days between nesting attempts of each hen based on observations of captive wild turkeys. And number of days between successive nest attempts across hens was lower for successful than failed nests. Our findings suggest that this asynchronous nesting may be negatively affecting nesting success and offer thoughts on what could be causing it. 

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