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So here is an update on the 5 Guinea eggs I have!! They have developed so much and in so little time since I posted pictures here! All 5 kicked and wiggled in their eggs! I couldn't see clear body parts but they were definitely moving! Very lively little babies! I am so happy! ❤️ Anyway, my questions are when do I stop turning them, when to adjust the humidity and temperature, and to what degrees, all that stuff. My EXTREMELY important question is the fact that I have 10 turkey eggs in the same incubator with the guineas (they need about the same temp and humidity til close to hatching time so it worked out) but would increasing the temperature and humidity for the guineas hurt the turkey eggs? The turkey eggs are very very young, I'd say not even a week old, but I don't want to hurt their development!! 🙁
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So here is an update on the 5 Guinea eggs I have!! They have developed so much and in so little time since I posted pictures here! All 5 kicked and wiggled in their eggs! I couldn't see clear body parts but they were definitely moving! Very lively little babies! I am so happy! ❤️ Anyway, my questions are when do I stop turning them, when to adjust the humidity and temperature, and to what degrees, all that stuff. My EXTREMELY important question is the fact that I have 10 turkey eggs in the same incubator with the guineas (they need about the same temp and humidity til close to hatching time so it worked out) but would increasing the temperature and humidity for the guineas hurt the turkey eggs? The turkey eggs are very very young, I'd say not even a week old, but I don't want to hurt their development!! 🙁


Guinea and turkey eggs require basically the same settings.  If you know the number of days the guinea eggs have been incubating, you can stop turning them on day 24 or 25 since guinea eggs typically hatch on days 26 through 28.  I have had a few hatch on day 25.  When you stop turning the eggs, that is the time to raise the humidity and lower the temperature.Temperature for lockdown is one degree lower than it is for incubation.  I shoot for 65% to 70% humidity during lockdown.  Others like it higher.  The higher you raise the humidity the more important it is to lower the temperature that one degree.

 

If your turkey eggs aren't due at the same time as the guinea eggs and you don't have another incubator to use as a hatcher, you may not want to raise the humidity the full amount so that you can leave the temperature the same. 

 

Good luck.

Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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Guinea and turkey eggs require basically the same settings.  If you know the number of days the guinea eggs have been incubating, you can stop turning them on day 24 or 25 since guinea eggs typically hatch on days 26 through 28.  I have had a few hatch on day 25.  When you stop turning the eggs, that is the time to raise the humidity and lower the temperature.Temperature for lockdown is one degree lower than it is for incubation.  I shoot for 65% to 70% humidity during lockdown.  Others like it higher.  The higher you raise the humidity the more important it is to lower the temperature that one degree.

If your turkey eggs aren't due at the same time as the guinea eggs and you don't have another incubator to use as a hatcher, you may not want to raise the humidity the full amount so that you can leave the temperature the same. 

Good luck.

Okay, great! Thanks! Humidity has been 50-55%, if I raise it to 65% what should the temperature be? Thank you so much smile.png
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Oh, and will they still hatch okay if I don't raise the humidity more? I want their best chance at hatching ❤️
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And would it hurt the turkey eggs if I did raise it the full humidity?
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Oh, and will they still hatch okay if I don't raise the humidity more? I want their best chance at hatching ❤️


I have hatched guinea eggs while using less than desirable humidity for their lockdown because of having staggered hatches.  For the most part they did alright other than a few needing help because of being shrink wrapped.

 

I cannot say whether or not raising the humidity to desired levels will harm the turkey eggs.

Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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Okay, thank you so much!! I appreciate it more than you know!
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