Help with hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dave W, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Dave W

    Dave W New Egg

    May 24, 2011
    I am trying to hatch some Narragansett Turkeys. It is all going real good right up to the hatch day. They pip then just sit there and slowly pass away. I opened up the eggs and it seams that they are not taking in what they should be . Their butts are all distended and there is still a lot of fluid there. What could be causing this? The temp is 99-100 the humidity is about 65-70%. the little guys look all good other then this and the fact that they are not alive. Out of five eggs only 2 piped and the others nothing.
    Thank you for any and all advice.
    One thing more i bought the toms and the hens from the same person if they were not careful and these were to be brother and sisters or mothers and sons or ............ would this be the cause??????????????

  2. Paco

    Paco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    I'm not a turkey raiser yet, but I believe I read on here that your humidity is too high. But like I said I'm no expert on this, just trying to help.
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Is the humidity you reported during incubation or lockdown??

    I dry incubate turkeys along with my chicken eggs; then I up the humidity to 80% for lockdown.

    Here's turkey info quoted from kevin porter's site:

    Diagrams of air cells, duck and chicken:

    Inbreeding can contribute to decreased hatchability, but not as likely as a humidity issue. Hope you will try to hatch again. I dry hatch, and my last batch came out perfect. 25/31 hatched, all thrifty and quick to zip. I'm learning!! you can too.
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    I think humidity is the problem too. I incubate mine at 45%, then increase it to 65-70% at lockdown, although it gets higher when they start popping out.

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