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Humidity too high?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jocasta, May 12, 2011.

  1. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    9 turkeys hatched out of 11 eggs. I was planning on leaving them all in there until the hatch was finished but they all started pecking at one little poult - to the extent that it drew blood and I figured they were a little overcrowded. I moved the incubator into the kitchen, ran the hot tap until it was nice and steamy and then took the babies out in two stages, replacing the lid between runs. During this I took the hygrometer out to reach the poults but forgot to replace it [​IMG]

    No.10 has just hatched but he's much wetter than the others were when they hatched (they were nearly dry). He's also just laying there, taking the occasional breath. I'm a little worried about him and also No.11 who is yet to hatch (pipped). Am I worrying needlessly? Is he just resting after a difficult hatch or is it possible that the humidity was too high?
     
  2. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have no turkey hatching experience, only chickens but I will share what I think I see in my hatches.

    If the humidity was too high, but just slightly not enough to drown chicks, I will get a normal hatch with some "sticky" stragglers at the end of hatch.
    It's no so much that the lock down humidity was too high but the first 18 days of incubation that the eggs didn't dry down enough.
    The chicks that come out sticky had to work much harder and are generally exhausted by the time they finally get out and take longer to get on their feet.
    But they generally turn out just fine.

    Best of luck with your turkey babies [​IMG]
    Carolyn
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, you may have jumped the humidity too high when refilling the water. Give him some time. Hatching is a difficult process too, so maybe he just needs to rest a bit.
     
  4. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are all out now and perfectly healthy (knock on wood). Cheeping away in the brooder as I speak. I got a 100% hatch [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for the advice guys!
     
  5. Axle Quails

    Axle Quails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cograts

    Post pic's never seen baby turkeys
     
  6. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cograts

    Post pic's never seen baby turkeys

    Don't have to ask me twice lol!

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  7. gfcm

    gfcm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gorgeous!!! Congrats! That's an awesome hatch!
     
  8. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
    Great news!
    They are precious, you've got me wanting turkeys now.
    Carolyn
     
  9. Rusted One

    Rusted One Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Cograts

    Post pic's never seen baby turkeys

    Don't have to ask me twice lol!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/85785_dscf5244.jpg

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/85785_dscf5261.jpg

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/85785_dscf5273.jpg

    Nice results ! I share your jitters as I read everything I can find on lock-down humidity for pheasants. I think I overdid the humidity from day 1 to lockdown on my first 2 tries with pheasants... candling showed a lot of liquid sloshing around. This time (just went lock-down with 27 eggs) I ran 53% humidity @ 99.5F, monitored very closely to lockdown. Now I'm easing humidity up to 70%. It is confusing seeing such a wide range of lock-down humidity recommended. But your pictures made me smile. Good show and enjoy your turks !
    Rusted One
     
  10. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on the new babies! [​IMG]

    Just curious...what's the reason for the CD hanging there? [​IMG]
     

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