First Time Incubating Turkey Eggs

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Robert G, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Robert G

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    My uncle gave me 2 wild turkey eggs he found at a ranch where they were clearing land for construction. I had just finished a hatch of 8 with 100% hatch rate before placing these eggs in. I candled them and they didn't have any cracks and looked fresh. I understand it takes 28 days to hatch but I'm on day 29 and it doesn't look good. I candled them at day 21 and all looked good. Can anyone tell me if these have quit or should I give them a couple of more days? If so, how many more days?
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  2. Mysticalsys

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    What was your tempature at? Sometimes lower temps can cause later hatches
     
  3. Robert G

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    I have it at 99.5
     
  4. R2elk

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    Collecting and hatching wild turkey eggs is illegal in all of the U.S.
     
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  5. Robert G

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    I was not aware of that and I'm sure my uncle wasn't either. He just wanted them to have a chance versus being destroyed by a bulldozer.
     
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    Have you candled the eggs recently? Maybe hold them to your ear and see if you hear pecking
     
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  7. R2elk

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    The proper and legal thing to do would have been to inform the local game warden or DNR agent and let them deal with the situation.
     
  8. Mysticalsys

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    What my aunt did when she hatched wild turkey eggs were that as soon as they hatched and fluffed up she took them to a wildlife rehabilitator to be raised and released
     
  9. Robert G

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    It's a private ranch, and is gated and fenced. They have all kinds of animals there. The owner of the ranch is the one that told my uncle to take them. It's not like it was public land and he went and took them. They were given to him. But thanks for the information.
     
  10. R2elk

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    It is still against the law. Learn your state laws. It is my understanding that you have to have a permit to have wild turkeys in Texas.
     

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