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incubator an turkey egg qs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wynedot55, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    i have some questions.my turkey hens are laying eggs.how long can i save the turkey eggs before i have to fire up the bator.ive got 3 hens.an get from 1 or 2 eggs a day.so how long can i save eggs before i need to fire the bator up.its a little giant bator.
     
  2. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggs can keep for a few weeks but the longer they are kept the lower the hatch rate will be. I usually store eggs for up to two weeks and have a high hatch rate. Keep the eggs in a place where it is room temperature or a little lower. Do not put them in the fridge. I store mine in the pantry because its a little cooler than the rest of the house. Make sure your incubator runs for a couple of days to make sure the temp is regulating properly. Good luck!
     
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    ok thanks im not putting them in the fridge at all.an was thinking bout firing the bator up in 2wks.ill let it run 2 days to make sure its holding the temp.
     
  4. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Store them sitting at about a 45 degree angle in a carton, pointed end down, and turn at least once per day. I try not to save for any more than a week, but I've gone nearly two and not had any problems.
     
  5. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey wyndot you would want to send a few turkey eggs my way wink wink:)
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A wild turkey will take up to 14 days to set her clutch. I'd say 2 weeks is fine for home collected eggs if stored properly. Agree with turning the eggs daily...that helps. It's easiest to put them in a egg carton (large end up) and place a wooden block under one end and switch it to the other end once a day to keep the eggs tilting back and forth until you're ready to set them. The day before you put them in the incubator, bring them to room temperature to eliminate the chance of sweating and bacteria building up.

    Jody
     
  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    the eggs that i want to put in the bator are still in the turkeys nest.an im watching them close.dont want her to change laying spots on me right now.so im gambing that vermitts wont hitt nest before i move them.
     

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