Hatching Turkey Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GracefulBantams, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    Okay... um, I know nothing about how to hatch turkey eggs.... is it the same way you would chicken eggs? What is the temperature/humidity? How long do they take? Can they be in the same incubator as chicken eggs? Can they live in the same brooder?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I'm just trying to find out all I can since I'm about to get some... yeah, don't ask [​IMG]
     
  2. Poultryraiser

    Poultryraiser Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Hi,They are the same a chickens.
    BUT you dont want to put turkey eggs with chicken egg. Because they have a diffrent bactiria. It will kill them. [​IMG]
     
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  3. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    [​IMG] Are you sure!
    I know that as adults they aren't supposed to be raised together b/c of "Blackhead", but I didn't know about anything wrong when they were eggs [​IMG]
     
  4. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the subject of turkey eggs...
    Is it possible to use the GQF chicken egg turner for turkey eggs or are the turkey eggs too big?
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Turkey eggs are too big. The make turkey egg holders for the turner.
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    BUT you dont want to put turkey eggs with chicken egg. Because they have a diffrent bactiria. It will kill them

    That is the first I've heard that one. I hatch and start turkeys and chickens together every year with absolutely no problems. Chicks help turkey poults get around and find the food and water in the first few days that are so critical. As long as they are not exposed to grown chickens (that have been on soil) there is no fear of getting blackhead.

    I have found my turkey eggs fit fine in the hova turners when you place them every other slot. For the GQF racks used in a sportsman style bator, they have special ones that are a bit bigger just for turkey eggs. Turkey eggs use the same temp and humidity as chicken eggs, however they do take 28 days to hatch. You stop turning them on day 25. I usually set my chicken eggs exactly a week later so they hatch together.

    When deciding on feed for a combined hatch like this, go with the turkeys needs or a flockraiser crumble works well for both species.

    Jody​
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree with hinkjc. In over 20 years of doing this I have never had a problem arise. I have heard the stories about potential issues. My chickens and turkeys happen to range in the same fields also. Which some promote as something that should never be done.
     
  8. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What blackhead? i have 2 hens with my pair of turkeys.
     
  9. bluebellsilkiecritters

    bluebellsilkiecritters Out Of The Brooder

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    do any of you know the brooding for turkeys as day olds receiving them instructions ???
    Help
     
  10. Poultryraiser

    Poultryraiser Out Of The Brooder

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    another example is peafowl. I hached
    peafowl with chickens and the same thing happend they hatched and the chicken eggs killed them. So I got another batch of peafowl eggs. cleaned the incubator good. And they hatched out just fine. No problemo![​IMG]
     

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