candling turkey eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ScoobyRoo, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    It has been 72 hours so we candled the turkey eggs that were given to us. They are from a black heritage breed we are told. Anyway, we candled tonight and all we can see through the speckled egg is the yolk. Can't make out any veins. I tried to have my DH crack one open to see if they were even fertile. We have 13 eggs and to me that is not a good number. That is why I tried to have one checked to make it 12.[​IMG] Shouldn't we have seen something by now?
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    I think it will take more than 72 hours. I would wait at least 7-10 days for turkey eggs![​IMG] Good luck with your hatch![​IMG]
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    yea i am on my second set of turkey eggs and i didn't start seeing veins until day 7 and 8 so just gotta have patients [​IMG]

    Good luck with your incubation and hatch! [​IMG]
  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Thanks you two. My turkey book says you can candle at 72 hrs. I do have patience if I know what to expect and when [​IMG] I was just assuming they may not be fertile since we didn't see anything yet. We will candle again on day 7, BirdBoy. Thanks again.
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    We candled again on day 7 (last thursday night). The turkey eggs are so heavily speckled that it was hard to see any veining. The only difference we can see is that the yolk has taken on a different shape (flatter) and the air cell is getting larger. I wish we would have cracked one open to see if they were fertile. [​IMG] My DH is going to continue to turn them and see what happens.
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    My turkey eggs in the incubator are heavily speckled as well. I didn't see any veining whatsoever until day 10...then it was obvious, even with the speckles everywhere. Good luck! [​IMG]
  7. Farmer Gab

    Farmer Gab In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2007
    Flagstaff, Arizona
    What are you all using to candle? I used a mini mag and a large mag with a toilet paper roll, but I see very little.....

  8. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:Not sure, my DH and DD candled them and this is what she had to say. They could see the air cell getting larger and a dark shape in the egg. One of the eggs they could not see anything. They were right on that one bad egg. Just Monday night they started hatching (we had Wed. pegged for the hatch date) 10 turkeys out of 13 hatched. Not bad for a still air and no humidifier gauge. But I heard the flash light and tp roll works.

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