Nov 27, 2015
Some turkeys (and chickens) reproduce without sex. Parthenogenesis is reproduction without benefit of sex. In other words, asexual reproduction in which the offspring develops from unfertilized eggs. It occurs spontaneously in a handful of species, like insects, lizards, snakes, and sharks. Turkeys have a virgin birth rate in some breeds of up to 40 percent. Virgin birth can become more frequent in turkeys if the female is exposed to semen having a low sperm count.