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Our Turkey Poults pipped internally last night around 5:30pm. No Peeping this morning but lots of rocking. I have a battery operated light inside the incubator that helps me see whats happening on the inside of the egg without opening the bator. Humidity has been perfect, temperature has been perfect, I was so excited for these ones to hatch! Then, the power blipped, three times and finally went out! I wrapped the incubator in a towel and waited quietly for a peep or an external pip… as of 8:00pm, movement was decreasing, still no external pip or peeping coming from the eggs. I opened the vent and moved the light against each egg to see what the heck was happening. One poult, was not breathing as much as this morning and one wasn't breathing at all. More than 24 hours had passed since first internal pip. Still no peeping, no external pip and movement was rapidly decreasing. Against my better judgment, I put a small hole in the egg to take a look at what was happening. Glad I did, the poult that pipped first was stuck, and gasping for air, the second poult pipped in the wrong spot, no where near the air sac and there was quite a bit of blood between the membrane and the shell. The blood wasn't from me it looks like the poult pipped through a large vein. Breathing was very shallow and sounded a bit gurggley. I wrapped both in warm damp paper towels and put them back in the bator. the temperature is managing to stay around 36.0 and humidity at 64%. Its the best I can do without power. I'm going to keep a close watch on the temperature in the bator, it's in the warmest part of the house, and check on the progress of the poults in two hours. Fingers crossed, and maybe my toes! These will hopefully be Blue Red Bronze Turkeys. The hen is a Slate Blue and the tom is a Ridley Bronze. What a learning curve hatching has been! We also have 9 standard chicken eggs under a broody bantam due to start hatching today! I'm not even going to think about those chicken eggs, our little broody Sophia is taking her job very seriously and so far the eggs have all developed normally and on time. I'll update the progress in a couple of hours. Thanks for reading.

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Edited by Ourlittlehollow - 1/10/16 at 7:27pm
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Gee this is a real cliffhanger.  I'm sorry I don't know anything about turkeys  but, can feel your pain.   Do you have anything like the old rubber, hot water bottles - no guess that wouldn't work.  Without power, no hot water ??   Maybe if you post on the "Turkey thread,"  they can come up with something.

 

Do you have a wood stove or something to put them near?

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Thanks for the suggestion. I could likely rigg something for next time to boil water on my bbq outside.

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Turkey poults hatched. I helped them enough so that they could get their head and wing out of the shell but their body and legs, they had to do that themselves. Poults are not like chicks. My chicks were standing within an hour, the poults are flopping around like a drunk person on the floor. The poult that seemed to have lost quite a bit of blood from pipping through the large vein and not into the air sack is really struggling. Its exhausted and breathing very shallow. Our power came back on, so the bator is back up to temp with good humidity. Its a waiting game now to see  if the weaker of the two poults pulls through. 

I'll post a little later today with pictures.

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