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14 days is too long to store turkey hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Arielle, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Found a study looking at hatchability of turkey eggs.

    It compared eggs held for 4 days and 14 days. At 4 days, hatchability was 89% and at 14 days 69%.
    (Reported by the Univeristy of Saskatchewan http://www.poultryindustrycouncil.ca/pdfs/factsheets/fs_96.pdf

    Definitely worth setting eggs to hatch every 7 days.
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  2. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know...I will be trying my hand at hatching them next year...will need another bator for hatching I guess!
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I'd say that's fairly typical. The longer you hold the eggs the lower the hatch rate is going to be. I've hatched turkey eggs that were three weeks old and got a bit more than 50%. Normally though I prefer to keep them no longer than ten days and better still a week or less. When I take hatching eggs to the swaps they are always a week or less old so as to have the best possible chance of hatching.
     
  4. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am lucky that I can fill a incubator in two days. My eggs are never more than two days old. It was not always like that. I have much better hatches now that I don't have to store them. I think in my heat, 14 days and I would have eggs explode.
     
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

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