3 days past BR hatch date - time to pull the plug on the 'bator?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ohiofarmgirl, May 3, 2009.

  1. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    hey turkey friends,

    well its 3 days past the hatch date of the BR turk eggs we put in the incubator.... no activity whatsoever.... is it time to pull the plug on the incubator? we took them out of the turner on tuesday and candled them at the time - they were solid except for the air pocket. is it time to call it and bury the eggs?


  2. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    I would wait for a couple more days as they might be late. On Tuesday if no pipping then I would discard.

    I open every egg that doesn't hatch to find out why. Doing this can really help you out on the next hatch and help you understand why it didn't make it. Can really answer alot of questions one would have after they don't hatch.
  3. selinagil

    selinagil Songster

    Don't toss them yet--every hatch I've had has been late. I've had some 4 and 5 days late--just give a little longer. [​IMG]
  4. Luvducks

    Luvducks Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Yes, I open them to0 because I thought my duck eggs were all duds . When I opened the last two, one of the ducks were alive. Maybe they need help. Some people do not want to do this but I think the duck I have would not be hatched if I did not open the egg.
  5. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    thanks all... especially for the encouragement to open them.. ugh i dont have a problem 'harvesting' our dinner but i was kind of creeped out by opening the eggs.

    ok then tuesday it is!

  6. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    I have chipped away the shell on larger end of eggs and looked for the beak under the membrane... I cut a small hole for them to breathe thru. That way they can still have a chance to absorb the yolk and work themselves loose..
    I do not chip the shell down very far especially where it is still attached to the membrane.. good luck!
  7. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    update!!! pipping is happening!! its happening!

    one is pipping out and vigorously peeping! whew! i'm so glad that everyone told me to wait!

    more later as the story unfolds!

  8. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    that is great just make sure your humidity is at least 65% .
  9. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    If you can post pics of the hatch as it progresses. [​IMG]

    I have a couple of Black Spanish hatching now.



  10. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    wowza! look at your's go!!!

    we turned around and he's out! my hubby is down there right now loading up the pix.... i know that everyone (but me!) has seen this a million times but wow! it kinda knocks your sox off!

    no signs of pipping from the others but as he was wobbling around he careened into some of the other eggs and kinda put his wings over them as if to say "i made boys.... and now so can you!"

    more in a bit... whoooppeeeeee!

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