Egg Development

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SED, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Bourbon Red eggs in the incubator and some of them have been in there for 5 days now. Should I see development when I candle them at this point or do they develop slower than chickens?
     
  2. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I know it's hard but if you can wait until the tenth day you'll have enough development to really be able to tell something. I usually break down and start peeking on the seventh day but honestly, as thick as some of those shells are it's easier to see on the tenth.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I'm bad, I candle mine when they stop turning. lol By then you can tell 100% if they developed. I just do a "sniff" test of the incubator the rest of the time - your nose will tell you if you have a bad egg.

    Steve
     
  4. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yeah, but you're all jaded and this is all old stuff to you. We're still new enough at it that it's still exciting and miraculous. LOL!
    I do the "sniff" test too just before lockdown.
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woods, TX
    They do develope slower than chicken eggs and at even 7 days it can be hard to tell. I candle my turkeys at about 14 days to be pretty sure and would never cull a turkey egg before this. 10 days is really a minimum for turkey candeling. I know it is exciting when it is your first few times but the less you open the bator the better it is for your eggs unless you are hand turning. I spent the weekend catching turkeys and penning them in their breeding groups so I can start up the bators in a few weeks to start my mid march hatches. Spent a bunch on feed this winter and it's time they start paying for their feed!
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yeah, but you're all jaded and this is all old stuff to you. We're still new enough at it that it's still exciting and miraculous. LOL!
    I do the "sniff" test too just before lockdown.

    I do get excited when I see all those little faces looking out the door at me. [​IMG]

    Steve
     
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I prefer to candle turkey eggs at ten-twelve days. Hard to see development before then even with a good light.
     
  8. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yeah, but you're all jaded and this is all old stuff to you. We're still new enough at it that it's still exciting and miraculous. LOL!
    I do the "sniff" test too just before lockdown.

    I do get excited when I see all those little faces looking out the door at me. [​IMG]

    Steve

    Yeah, I like it when they're pecking on the window asking to get out. Actually they just see something shiny but it's fun anyway.
     
  9. maureen9962

    maureen9962 Out Of The Brooder

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    I can see very distinct veining at 7 days with just a hand held LED flashlight. At 5 days nothing. You can see blood rings at 7-10 days also and you might as well chuck them. The shells are thick but light colored so it is not too hard once you know what you are looking for.
     
  10. TammyP

    TammyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put 6 BR eggs under a broody hen and about 10 days in, somehow one of the eggs broke. I took it as a lesson to see what 10 days would be like and it was developing. The little one was probably about the size of a quarter and looked kindof like a slimey shrimp...lol. The one thing that stood out was the large black area that I assume was the eye. Not sure if I would have been able to detect that in a candling or not....
     

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