Anyone hatch turkeys in a Little giant incubator? Will a LG work for them

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by FLITZ, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. FLITZ

    FLITZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone hatched turkeys in a little giant incubator? I wanted to know if the LG will work for turkeys
     
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Yes it will work.

    Not my first choice in incubators. With proper attention it will get the job done.

    Turkey eggs seem to hatch pretty well.
     
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  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We took care of incubating turkey eggs for someone while they were on vacation and that's the incubator they used. Most of the eggs hatched and the poults did just fine.
     
  4. FLITZ

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    thanks for the help. I just got two off of craigslist. they look new. one came with an egg turner. 25 bucks each. Hope I didnt over pay. Now to learn to use them. My house doesnt stay an even temputure. Hope that doesn't cause a nightmare for me. I want some turkeys. now just to find eggs
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    You do need a pretty stable temp in your house for the LG's to work good. Be sure to run it for a few days and get the temp stable. The less you play with it the better it will be. When I used one in the past, I put a dimmer knob from a light switch on the temp adjuster so I could make more accurate adjustments. Be sure to put it in an interior room where there are no windows like a laundry room or basement. That way the temp won't have as big of swings. Keep the water wells full and get a new sponge and cut it into 4 pieces and keep them wet also. Turkeys need more humidity than chickens. Be sure to take the temps at the top of the eggs. You can use some fake eggs while you get the temp right. Do they have a fan? If they do then they will work much better keeping the temp stable.
     
  6. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you got a good price for them - especially if one has an egg turner. I've also read that you can put a blanket on (or around) an incubator to help it stay insulated, that might help if your temperature fluctuates a bit in the room. Just be sure to not block any of the ventilation holes with the blanket. With no fan (still air incubator), the directions state that your room needs to be between 65-72. My husband installed a fan in mine - that allows it to work in temperatures between 60-80. It does state that the temperature needs to be stable, though.
     
  7. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MAN I WISH I WAS WHERE YOU ARE !!!!!!!!!!!! THAT A GOOD PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE 48-50.00 BRAND NEW!!!!!!!!! [​IMG] OH THAT'S PER ONE. I DO TURKEYS IN THAT KIND AND I FIND THAT YOU NEED TO KEEP THE WATER TRAYS FULL AT ALL TIMES!!!
     
  8. lynn1961

    lynn1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try putting the LG in a cardboard box that is a bit bigger than the incubator. This helps to keep the tempature more even. Be sure and run it a few days before you plan on setting the eggs ( the LG with the egg turner in it, the turner motor does generate some heat also ). As for increased humididy, using part of an old towel cut into strips and placed in the water wells helps to keep the humidty up ( put them in the water wells and pour the water on top of the towel strips ). When you take the eggs off of the turner, put paper towels on top of the wire under the eggs, this makes clean up a lot easier and faster when the hatch is done. No more picking the little pieces of egg shells out of all the creavices of the incubator, just roll the paper towels up and toss them away. Incubatorwarehouse.com have some thermometers that are egg shaped and will fit in the incubator with the eggs, they will also fit very well in the egg turner tray, the last hatch I did I used one, had a great hatch in the LG incubator with all of the above mentioned tips.
     
  9. lynn1961

    lynn1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You got a great deal on those incubators. In my area to buy a new LG and an egg turner you would spend about $110.00 for one set up.
     
  10. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Ive never really had a problem with my LG..
    Just be sure to not put it anywhere drafty ...and just so you know... the knob is TOUCHY. Turn it just slightly for temp changes. SLIGHTLY
     

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