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Welcome Turkey Observers!

The public can help New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists estimate how many young turkeys survive into adulthood in a particular year by taking part in the spring/summer turkey brood survey. The survey is open from June 1 through August 31.

Report Summer Turkey Brood Sightings Here.


turkeys at play

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Turkey Watching Guidelines


  • Is this your first time visiting this site? Please take a moment to review the guidelines below.
  • Date of sighting is required. Only report sightings made in New Hampshire through August 31.
  • Do not report sightings of adult male turkeys.
  • Tell us the relative size of poults when you observed them. Size is important, because it allows Fish and Game to approximate the hatching date of respective broods. For example, if you report a hen with “robin sized” poults on July 1, we can estimate that the brood hatched on or about June 15, since poults that size are about two weeks old. The following list provides you with a guide to describing the size and age of chicks/poults you may observe during the summer months:
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turkey chart

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Sparrow size = chicks

Robin size = 2-week-olds

Quail size = 3-week-olds

Pigeon size = 4-week-olds

Grouse size = 6-week-olds

Pheasant size = 8-week-olds


  • When reporting mixed flocks, we ask that you tally the number of hens present, and the number and relative size of poults observed. For example, you might report a flock of 3 hens and 15 poults, divided amongst robin and grouse sized poults. On the survey, report how many hens, “robin sized” and “grouse sized” poults were in the flock.
  • List the town of your sighting and use the reference map to identify the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) where the sighting occurred. Note that WMUs are depicted by a capital letter and that some WMUs have both a letter and a number in their label, for example A, B, D1, D2, E, etc.


Summary of Things to Report:

  • Date flock seen,
  • WMU,
  • Number of hens,
  • Number and size class of poults – which may be divided amongst multiple age classes.


Good luck and thanks for participating!



Watch for Turkeys Next Winter, Too!


New Hampshire Fish and Game's winter flock survey will begin January 1 and runs through March 31.  Thanks for helping the Department with your turkey observations.



Wild Turkey Brood Survey Summaries




Let's Talk Turkey!

(Survey Terminology)

  • A hen turkey is an adult (1 or more years old) female turkey.
  • A clutch is a collection of eggs in a nest.
  • A brood is a collection of young turkeys from the same nest.
  • A newly hatched turkey is referred to as a chick.
  • When a chick begins to develop flight feathers, it is referred to as a poult.
  • A mixed flock of turkeys is a flock consisting of multiple hens and/or broods. A mixed flock often includes broods of different ages. For example, a hen with a 4-week-old brood might form a bond with a hen that has an 8-week-old brood. The 8-week-old brood would consist of poults that are much larger than the 4-week-old poults in their flock. A hen without a brood (lost to predators) may join the mixed flock as a foster mother as well. Mixed flocks typically form in July.