Hatching Emu eggs, have some questions that need answering fast

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Erka97, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Erka97

    Erka97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I've just got my first three emu eggs. They are shipped eggs and were allowed to sit for about six hours before being put in the incubator, which is at about 36 degrees celcius. As far as I've researched this is the right temperature, and humidity will be determined by both weight loss [I've already weighed them once] and a meter placed in the incubator once it arrives. I have been told that they must be turned around five times per day, though more seems to be preferred, but what I am unclear on is when turning should be started. The person I got the eggs from said that one should wait "a couple days" before turning the eggs, while other sources seem to suggest starting to turn the eggs on the first day. Which of these is better? And what is meant by "a couple days" [as in general a day is a long time in bird embryo terms]?
    -Note that not turning eggs right away seems odd to me, since in my previous experience with chickens and ducks the egg turning is started on the first day, however this may be different with Emus.-
    That is the most pressing question for now, but also, what is the best way to determine fertility of eggs? I have heard of two forms of a wiggle test, one involving placing the egg in warm water and the other simply placing it on a flat surface and talking to it until it wiggles, and another test in which the egg is left out of the incubator for a few minutes to allow for one to feel for the heat produced by a chick, all of these seem to be used after day 35.
    I've also devised my own test, in which I will use a human fetal heart beat monitor to listen for the heart beats of the chicks once they have them. Would this be safe for the chicks? Would it even work? Note that I will be testing it -the safety at least- on chicken eggs since I have easy access to those.

    Thanks, to anyone who is able to help.


    Note that there is also a copy of this thread in the section on Emus and similar species, however I thought I would post it here as well to increase my chances of getting a quick reply, since my eggs are already in the incubator, that is needed.
     

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