Erica Laurenzi was watching her dog Stella play with something that didn’t appear to be a toy when they were on their 250 acres of land in Maine with their other dog. She hurriedly rushed to look inside it and was astonished to see Stella had discovered an egg.
Laurenzi wasn’t really sure what kind of egg Stella had discovered at first glance. Even though it was unclear, she and her boyfriend made an effort to locate the egg’s family in the hopes of returning it to its original home.
We went looking for a nest because we were amazed that they hadn’t been able to shatter it, Laurenzi said to The Dodo. “After an hour, nothing worked. I firmly believe that if the chance arises, the mother should receive it back.
Laurenzi searched for a nest, but found none, so she brought the egg home. She had experience with bird rehabilitation, so she at least had some familiarity with the subject. She immediately started looking into the best ways to care for the mysterious egg.
I’ve reared a lot of robins and sparrows, but I’ve never taken care of and hatched an egg, said Laurenzi. “The Googling began right away… I was certain it was an egg but unsure of what kind it was. Due to previous sightings of turkeys feeding on the area, we had thought it was a turkey. The egg appeared to be a real match, which was later validated by a Google search. In order to discover the Rolls Royce of incubators, I placed the egg in my sports bra and drove to Tractor Supply. Nothing less than the greatest will offer this egg the best chance of surviving.
The egg was successfully placed in the incubator by Laurenzi, where it remained for 25 days. On the morning of her birthday, after lengthy research and her best efforts at caring, it began to hatch. Stella waited and watched as the baby turkey was ready to hatch. She wanted to assist her mother in bringing the baby turkey into the world since she was so proud of the egg she had discovered.
You could see she sensed something was occurring the morning it started to hatch, according to Laurenzi. “We kept the incubator high and secure on our kitchen counter, far from any potential dangers. By day’s end, she and I were seated next to each other on our counter stools as it worked on its egg shell. She carefully observed it getting its bearings and drying off during the entire night.
When the tiny turkey eventually joined the world, Laurenzi and Stella were equally enthralled. Even though they had anticipated it, they were nonetheless in awe when the turkey eventually hatched after everything he had gone through prior to his birth.
After conducting extensive research on eggs, Laurenzi said, “We were quite certain that it was a turkey, but we were still as shocked and astounded that whatever that small bird required was within an egg we stared at for almost a month.”
The young turkey is doing amazingly well at this point, about a week old. He defied all expectations, and his adoptive family is now determined to provide him the greatest life imaginable.
Our off-grid cottage rental enterprise, Lost Mile Organic, which we intend to debut next spring, will have it as its mascot, Laurenzi added. “We are hoping to keep it (at our site in Maine). Since the egg was discovered there, “we hope to gradually release it to its native habitat once it is robust and self-sufficient enough, but provide it with a very lush cage that it may come to and go at its leisure during the day and be safeguarded in at night.”
Even though Stella adores her little turkey pal, the two have mainly only observed one another from a distance. Since they intend to release the turkey back into the wild, they don’t want him to assume that all dogs or other fuzzy wild animals are his friends, which could endanger his safety. Even so, Stella enjoyed being a part of the turkey’s conception and enjoys seeing him develop even more.
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According to Laurenzi, “Stella does go in and peer over the side of the brooder to check on her little friend, exchanging glances and small chirps.”
When Stella discovered a surprise egg, Laurenzi had no idea what to anticipate, and everyone is very grateful that everything turned out as it did. The turkey will now have all the room he needs to develop, and they are eager to release him back into the wild, where he belongs.