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Incubate eggs on their side or upright?

post #1 of 5
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Is it better to incubate turkey eggs on their side (like is recommended for peafowl), or is it just as good to set them point down in trays like most chicken eggs? I have a cabinet incubator (Sportsman with turner) and don't know whether to buy the trays they sell for turkey and duck eggs. or the "large egg positioners" that keep the eggs on their side and are recommended for goose and peafowl eggs?

 

I want to get the best possible hatch and there is plenty of capacity to use the "goose egg" method if that is any better for the eggs.

post #2 of 5
I had no problem incubating my turkey eggs in the duck/turkey turners (upright)in my sportsman. The last three days I moved them into the hatcher and they were on their side. Good luck!
post #3 of 5
I lay mine sideways.
NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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I've always done mine upright.  Maybe I'll lay some down this spring and see if it changes the hatch rate?

Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Seems like the peafowl breeders really prefer to incubate them on their sides. The auto turners in most incubators don't work well with larger eggs on their end, so I think if I can, I'll position any turkey eggs on their sides. I studied the (very expensive) add ons for goose and emu eggs and I think I can do at least as good, maybe better, making my own. GQF makes their upright egg holders from plastic, but the trays and large egg holders are all made from 1/4 inch hardware cloth, with plastic splines like they use on report covers to cover up the sharp edges. I can easily duplicate that, or I might use the plastic needlepoint canvas from the craft store. That would be softer and flexible, which I'm not sure is an advantage when the trays get shifted back and forth by the turner. Maybe I'll try both and see what works better.

 

It seems like the main advantage of incubating eggs upright is that you can pack more eggs into the tray. Shipped eggs are another reason. Turkey eggs, being extra valuable (compared to our chicken eggs anyway), will be incubated on their sides.

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