I have been incubating eggs from my Blue Slate and Royal Palm turkeys and they began to hatch on Mother's Day. Two hatched quickly and with no problems...2 other eggs had pipped but were not making progress as far as hatching goes, so I gave them a little help by making the whole bigger. They were then able to hatch out, but both have Flop over syndrome. I am taking this as a sign that they were not completing hatching because of the weakness in their legs. A couple of more eggs failed to hatch...it also appears that the chicks were fully developed but too weak to hatch. Probably due to the FOS observed in the other 2 hatchlings I helped. One is a Blue Slate and since I only have one Tom he will be my Thanksgiving dinner this year as I do not wish this problem to continue in my flock. The other chick is 3/4 black so I have no idea if that hen was covered by the wild turkeys that live on my property.
I hate having to cull, but I have accepted the almost inevitable conclusion that it would be more merciful in the long run. I also allowed one of my Blue Slate hens brood and hatch her own and found partly hatched eggs under her with dead chicks in them. I am thinking FOS in these also.
There will be no more attempts to incubate and hatch out any more turkeys from this flock...the bad genetics will end with them. They will be sold as meat birds for Thanksgiving and I will probably not keep any more turkeys. It's upsetting when it doesn't work out as you hoped.
On a happier note, my broody chickens have hatched out a total of almost 80 chicks this spring. I pull and brood them for a better survival rate. I have Easter eggers, Lavender Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Jubilee Orpington, RIR, Lace Wayndotte, Dominque, Barred Rock, Cherry Eggers, Marans and a few other rare breeds.
Farm life continues, back to work....