Help! Wild Turkey Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BigMama, May 14, 2007.

  1. BigMama

    BigMama In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2007
    Help! My father-in-law scared up a wild turkey when moving his combine. Upon closer examination the turkey was sitting on a nest of 8 eggs. We've been keeping an eye on the nest but, mama turkey hasn't been back, and we need to move the eggs to get at more farm equip.

    The nest off eggs has sat unprotected for 2 days and nights. Are the eggs viable? Is there anyway to tell if the eggs are fertilized? Is it possible for us to hatch the eggs? Are there laws against doing this?

    Any input would be appreciated.
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Hmmm...not sure if you are allowed to hatch them or not. Not sure if they would be Live at this point either. Two nights is a long time, especially since it gets pretty cold at night. where under the hen, or in the Incubator they would be at 100 degrees at least. I guess you could give it a shot tho, one never realy knows.
  3. Cheri

    Cheri Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    Let us know how it goes.
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    What do you got to lose--I know turkey are difficult to hatch though--you should do a search here, there are other posts about it.
  5. BigMama

    BigMama In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2007
    Well, we have a big storm front moving in with thunderstorms forecast for tonight and tomorrow. We moved the eggs into the coop under the heatlamp. I don't have an incubator so they are in a box with a small spray can cap full of water and a wet sponge for humidity. I just checked the temp before coming in for the night and the temp is at 100, the humidity reading was dry (I don't have a real accurate thermometer and humidity reader) so that's why we added the sponge and cap full of water. We marked the eggs with X's so we can tell when we turn them. I guess now it's just a waiting game!

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