Hatching Turkey Poults????

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CoopedChik, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. CoopedChik

    CoopedChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last summer I had the impulse buy of a Turkey Poult when I went to buy chick feed. Any way I brought the little guy home and he quickly bonded to my husband and become his pet. He completely loved that little turkey but sadly we lost him this winter in a little freak accident. My husband is very sad I know another turkey can't replace his pet but I do know he would love some new turkeys. So for his birthday I was thinking of hatching out some baby turkeys. And I was wondering if this type of incubator:

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    Would get the job done for turkey eggs???? Also I would like some information on turkey incubation because I've only hatched out quail, chickens and ducklings. Nothing more.
     
  2. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    as for hatching requirements, I can't help you there. but the hovabator is a good all-round incubator. I DO recommend adding a fan at the least though to circulate the air inside. that'll keep temperatures more stable and you won't have hot spots like still air ones are prone to. also adding an auto turner is a good idea unless you can remember to turn the eggs regularly. 3+ times a day...

    I'd like to know if they have any special requirements myself, as I'm hoping to get some eggs this spring/summer.
     
  3. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several 'bators quite alot like that one... mine are not forced air- but i wish they were.. Can't decide if it'd be better to invest in a fan- or just buy a new setup different style.
     
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will work but by the time you get a fan and an autoturner, you could find a good, used GQF on craigslist. Search your area for one. This is a good time to find one.
     
  5. CoopedChik

    CoopedChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks to everyone for their help. I can't wait to get some more turkeys this spring.
     
  6. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used Hovabators last year for chickens and turkeys. The turkey bator dodn't have a fan or a turner, and I hatched about 87% of the eggs. You just have to turn them by hand. I also added a wet sponge to help keep the humidity up. The only problem I had was temperature control in the basement. I had to run the furnace in the basement to keep the basement air temperatuer constant, which kept the incubator temp constant. Other incubators may work better, but Hovabators certaily work ell enough.
     
  7. CoopedChik

    CoopedChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well can I ask you? Whats the best temperature and humidity for the incubator to be at?
     
  8. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still air, (no fan) needs to be at 100.5 at the top of the egg and humidity as high as you can get it, around 65-75%.
     
  9. CoopedChik

    CoopedChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you so much for that.
     

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