Erica Laurenzi was watching her dog Stella and their other dog run around 250 acres in Maine when she noticed she was playing with something that didn’t look like a toy. She hurriedly went to investigate and was shocked to find that Stella had found an egg.
At first glance, Laurenzie wasn’t sure what kind of eggs Stella had found. It’s a mystery, but the family she and her boyfriend are trying to find the egg, anyway, hope to get it back.
“Surprising they didn’t manage to break it, we went to find a lair,” Laurenzie told The Dodo. “After an hour, no luck. If given the chance, I most believe in returning it to my mother.”
Unable to find a nest, Lorenz brought the eggs home. She’d raised birds before, so she knew at least a little bit about it, and quickly began figuring out how best to care for the mystery eggs.
“I’ve raised a lot of sparrows and robins, but never cared for and hatched an egg,” Laurenzi said. “Googling started immediately…I knew it was an egg but was not sure what it was. We had assumed it was a turkey as we had seen them feeding on land many times. Later Googling confirmed that the egg looked like a real match. I put the egg in my sports bra and drove to Tractor Supply to find the Rolls Royce of the incubator. Nothing more than to give the egg the best possible fighting chance .”
Laurenzi put all the eggs in the incubator and left them there for 25 days. She did extensive research and did her best to take care of it, and on the morning of her birthday, it finally started to hatch. Stella watched and waited as the baby turkeys were ready to hatch. She is very proud of the eggs she found and wants to help her mom welcome the little turkey into the world.
“The morning it started hatching, you could tell she knew what was going on,” Laurenzi said. “We kept the incubator high on the kitchen counter, away from any potential threats. At the end of the day, she and I sat side by side on our counter stool as it was peeling its eggs. She watched intently all night It dries up and finds its way.”
When the little turkey finally came into the world, Stella was completely hooked, as was Laurenzi. Despite their anticipation, it was still so magical when the turkey finally hatched after everything he went through before he was born.
Laurenzi said: “After doing all the egg research we were pretty sure it was a turkey, but we’re still shocked and amazed that this little bird had everything we needed to stare at the eggs for almost a month. inside.”
This little turkey is now about a week old and doing very well. He has overcome all odds and now his rescue family is committed to making sure he has the best life possible.
“We plan to keep it (on Maine land) and make it the mascot of Lost Mile Organic, an off-grid cabin rental program we plan to launch next spring,” Laurenzi said. “Since the egg was found on that land, we plan to slowly reintroduce it to its natural habitat once it is strong enough and self-sufficient, but provide it with a very lush enclosure where it can be used during the day Come in and out at will and be protected at night.”
While Stella loves her little turkey friend, the two spend most of their time watching each other from a distance. Since they plan to reintroduce the turkey into the wild, they don’t want him to think that all dogs or furry wild animals are his friends, which could jeopardize his safety. Still, Stella enjoys helping bring Turkey into the world and prefers watching him grow up.
“Stella did walk in and peek at her little friend from the side of the brooder, exchange glances, and whisper chirps,” Laurenzi said.
When Stella discovers a mysterious Easter egg, Laurenzi doesn’t know what to expect, and everyone is happy it worked. Now they will provide the turkey with all the space it needs to grow and can’t wait to bring it back into the wild where it belongs.