Hatching Turkey eggs INFO.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chicabator, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Chicabator

    Chicabator Out Of The Brooder

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    Was wondering on how to hatch turkey eggs via incubator.
    How long to keep them in there, temperature, humidity and if i could hatch them and keeps them with chicks and hold them together when they grow older.
    Do the turkey eggs fit on chicken egg turner?
    Thanks for any info.
     
  2. wncpalm

    wncpalm Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are Kevin Porter's notes on incubating turkey eggs: http://www.porterturkeys.com/egghatchingtips.htm . And here are his recommendations for the rearing process: http://www.porterturkeys.com/poultstartingtips.htm

    I think that these will cover all the issues you asked about, plus some that you haven't yet thought of, like the danger of using water from water softeners for turkey poults.

    Your question about raising turkey poults and chicks together is a many-splendored one. I don't have any experience with a joint rearing process, so I am not sure whether or how the size differential between chicks and poults may be an issue. But others may be able to help on this.

    But the issue of keeping young turkeys with adult chickens raises a number of problems with which I have had all too painful experience. In short, turkey poults can be susceptible to a number of health problems that are carried by adult chickens, without affecting the chickens themselves. These can include fatal respiratory problems as well as the traditional blackhead problem.

    Every chicken flock is different, and so I am not saying that you will necessarily experience such problems. But I would make sure that you have the capability of providing separate facilities for your chickens and turkeys, in case that is required.
     

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