HI i have just joined this site today, hoping for some much needed help.
i have managed to successfully introduce some turkeys onto my land, all brought form a local farm (I'm in Cyprus). After a while the female turkeys started to lay eggs, which i have successfully hatched in an incubator. The problem that i am coming up against is i am keeping them in the house as a little chilly outside for babies, under a heat lamp, i am giving them water with a vita punch, and chicken starting food as i can't get turkey starter. After a good week they seem to stop eating and drinking then die. So far out of 10 chicks 2 are still alive, and these are doing well, second batch there was 14 and after one week i am now down to 7. I have spent hours watching and hand feeding them at the beginning and taking good care of them but i am obviously doing something that they don't like. Its as if they are to comfortable and lazy that they give up.
My other issue is i have 50 eggs getting ready to hatch, starting in 5 days onwards, do i place some eggs under my female adult bird outside, or not?
i would appreciate any help with these issues
many thanks in advance