First time incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cozadfarm, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. cozadfarm

    cozadfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    My turkeys have just started laying. How do I know If they are fertile and how many days do I have to get them in the incubator?

    Any help would be great.
     
  2. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they just started laying they may not be fertile. I take it you seen your Tom get ahold of your hens? If he did get her and its her first time then you could expect your egg tomorrow to be fertile or even could be the next day. You have a few day to get the eggs in incubator as long as they are kept at room temp. Dont put them in fridge.
     
  3. cozadfarm

    cozadfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Have to share. I am so excited. Today is day 11 of incubation. I candled my eggs. One is questionable but will candle again in a few days but I definitely have chicks in the other 3. I know 4 isn't a lot of eggs but I wanted to start small in case it failed. Can't wait to see my turkeys hatch!!!
     
  4. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So happy for you! Waiting for the hatch is hair pulling exciting! Congrats on your babes!

    (PS If you post a pic of the "questionable" egg on this site you might find an answer to whether it is fertile or not... good luck!)
     
  5. DayOldChicksNY

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    If you keep them in like a basement setting where the temperature stays cool but doesn't freeze them, about a week is okay. Just to collect enough eggs, to put into the incubator, although the longer there not in the incubator and not under the turkey, the less chance you may have at hatching them. You would have to candle them to know if they are fertile. Heres some more information about hatching turkey eggs.
    The incubation period for turkey eggs is 28 days.
    Incubation Temperature

    The temperature in the incubator for turkey eggs is 99-99.5 degrees fahrenheit.
    Humidity Levels

    The humidity level (wet bulb thermometer) for turkey eggs is 83-86 degrees fahrenheit.
    Final Day Of Egg Rotation

    The final day of egg rotation for turkey eggs is day 25.
    Please note that all of this information is only a guide and that this information may differ according to the incubator manufacturer’s guide.
    Always consult the manufacturer’s guide when using an incubator and automatic egg turner.

    Hope this helps you :)
     
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  6. Sally Sunshine

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  7. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yay how exciting, keep us updated
     
  8. cozadfarm

    cozadfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Candled my eggs this evening and I have turkeys in each egg. So excited but nervous. Since this is my first hatch I'm so afraid of doing something wrong. We are day 15.
     
  9. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    WHOOT Good job [​IMG]
     
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