How long to hold onto turkey eggs until incubation?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jc12551, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. jc12551

    jc12551 Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    S.W. TN
    My only hen is starting to lay, two eggs in four days so far. I am planning to incubate them and was wondering how long I can keep the eggs until popping them in? And how should I store them until incubation time?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    First my disclaimer - I have absolutely no experience with turkeys. Most people will tell you to hold eggs no longer than 10 days. I have held chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, guinea fowl, and peafowl eggs considerably longer than that and still had good % hatches. Stop and think - how long does it take a hen (whatever species) to build a clutch prior to setting? Generally quite a bit longer than 10 days. I always stored eggs in an earthen cellar at approx. 65 degrees F, minimum of 50% humidity, in sanitized trays turning once or twice daily. Good luck with your incubation.

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