If you want to grow your flock quickly you might be interested in my new method.
Since I only have one laying hen I was keeping the eggs for two weeks in cold storage. At 65% hatch rate, I was only having limited success.
For optimum hatchability you shouldn't keep them longer than seven days. I started my new method because I don't like all the empty spaces in my egg turner so I was filling them with chicken eggs. Now I am over run with chickens, but I still don't want to operate a Bator for just a few eggs.
My New Method:
I have two Bators.
My turkey hen lays about five eggs per week. At the end of seven days I put the eggs in the Bator #1.
The next week I add two chicken eggs because they teach the turkeys to eat. This fills up one row on my egg turner.
I repeat this every seven days making sure to mark each new batch (row) with a different symbol.
On day 25, I move the first row of eggs to Bator #2 for lock down. They are hatched and Bator #2 is cleaned before the next row is ready for lockdown.
I just started this so I don't know how well it will work. I will let you know in 25 days, lol.
Edited by IceAngel - 7/15/15 at 7:52pm