Can unfertile turkey eggs hatch (hear me out)?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chamelon607, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. chamelon607

    chamelon607 Just Hatched

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    I had read on here (I believe) that unfertile turkey eggs could hatch- 1 out of every 6 or so if the chromosome split, but that any poults would Toms. After tons of searching, I cannot find where I read that! Am I crazy, or has anyone read that before as well? I have a BBW hen laying daily to every other day. We've been eating the eggs, but I'm considering giving this a try if it would be a possibility.
     
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    TopRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    There has been research done on Beltsville Small White turkeys regarding parthenogenesis. Using selective breeding they were able to get the hatch rate up to 3.3% which is not even close to 1 in 6 (16.7%). In their initial tests only one egg out of 46 showing signs of development actually hatched.

    It is extremely unlikely that your BBW hen would hatch any non fertilized eggs.

    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3181/00379727-105-26082
     
  4. chamelon607

    chamelon607 Just Hatched

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    Thank you!!
     

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