Autoturner for emu eggs?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by ColbyNTX, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Hey, I have hatched thousands of chicken, turkey, quail, pea, pheasant, ect.... eggs. A friend of mine has emus that started laying for the first time. He asked me if I would incubate them for him. I know nothing about them other than the little I have read on here and the internet. I think the humidity need to be in in the 30% range and temp at 97.5. My real question is, can I use the auto turners in my Dickey's or GQF bators? I know I can't put them in a regular egg tray. I am not home to turn them by hand 3-5 times a day. I travel for my job and am gone 2-3 days at a time.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ES Emus

    ES Emus Chillin' With My Peeps

    they need to be turned/rolled 180 degrees at least three times a day, most autoturners only rock back and forth
     
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Ok, thanks! I guess these will all be used for breakfast because that's just not an option with our jobs:)
     
  4. ES Emus

    ES Emus Chillin' With My Peeps

    just because they have to be turned 3X a day doesn't mean they have to be turned every 8 hours. We work fulltime too and turn our eggs when we get up (6:00 am), when we get back from work (4:45 pm) and before we go to bed (10:00 pm) and we enjoy over a 90% hatch rate...
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Yeah, but I travel every week so they would have to go 2-3 days unturned. These aren't even my eggs and I'm not getting anything out of it so I really can not worry to much about them. Hey, we've already found out that one egg feeds the whole family!
     
  6. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
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    Breakfast of champions!
     
  7. ES Emus

    ES Emus Chillin' With My Peeps

    we had scrambled emu egg on Saturday! They are much creamier and a little blander than chicken eggs and lower in chloesterol!
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    we had emu egg the other day... well.. it lasted several days even with making breakfast burritos.. lol.. and yup.. much creamier (just add salsa for more flavor) [​IMG]
     
  9. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I would drop the temp a bit more (95.5).. makes for longer incubation but also helps prevent some of the leg issues since it's closer to the actual temp under the male

    for humidity be sure to weigh the eggs and go by weight loss to determine what your humidity needs to be since t can vary a bit from location to location


    hand turning the eggs will give you better hatch rates as ES explained
     

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