Is there really only 1 incubator that will fit a turkey egg turner??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Arielle, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm using an LG and hand turning turkey eggs. What alternatives do I have to lighten the work of hand turning each egg. Would like to focus less on turning and more on maintaining incubator temperature as it does fluctuate.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Instead of turning each egg, which means you have to open up the incubator and let out heat and humidity you can....turn the incubator! Easier than it sounds! Just take a book, a thick one, and prop under one side of the incubator. Eggs have been turned/rocked. Several times a day, swap which side is propped up.

    I have a Brinsea incubator, and since the entire unit turns externally (no moving turner parts inside, the entire incubator instead rests in a turning cradle) it is easy to put in different sized eggs without having to cough up $ for a different turner.
     
  3. dragontamer56

    dragontamer56 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have bourbon red turkeys and i use a hovabator and the turner that came with that works for my eggs. They fit, but one time the edge eggs fell off, but I think they are ok. They are supposed to hatch this week so will see about those particular eggs, but they do fit my turner and it is really nice not having to turn eggs by hand.
     
  4. harris farm

    harris farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched out dozens in a LG with the chicken egg turner and it had 22 BR eggs and 22 chicken eggs. everything hatched fine .
     
  5. goosemama

    goosemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too have a Hova-Bator 2362N which came with a chicken egg turner. I hatched out 11 turkey eggs along with some Barred Rocks and Delaware chicken eggs. I even had 2 goose eggs in at the side of the turner (they wouldn't fit in the turner but I hand turned them every day) one hatched and one turned out to be bad..
     
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Stacy kins: Instead of turning each egg, which means you have to open up the incubator and let out heat and humidity you can....turn the incubator! Easier than it sounds! Just take a book, a thick one, and prop under one side of the incubator. Eggs have been turned/rocked. Several times a day, swap which side is propped up.

    How do you set the eggs? In egg cartons to hold up right? Mine are currently laying on their sides. Do I need to move them to cartons?

    Dragon Tamer--hope you eggs survive the falling off. Do you hatch in the hovabater to?

    Harris Farm--this is good news. Maybe i can ask for an early CHirstmas present! A turner for the LG. Thanks for the input.

    Woody--thanks for the info on the hovabotor; sales descriptions don't always help; so thank for sharing.​
     
  7. dragontamer56

    dragontamer56 Out Of The Brooder

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    No i have an extra homemade incubator i use for hatching. I just bought renegaderidgefarm's plans for a 5 tray incubator that you can make hatching trays for.
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Wow, you will be able to hatch a lot of eggs; that's fantastic!
     
  9. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The LG chicken auto turner works just fine for turkey eggs. I have several LG auto turners that I store quail, pheasant, chicken, turkey and peafowl eggs durring the week before I incubate. I do use my Dickey's and sportsmans now but have used the LG in the past with great success, just too small for me these days.
     
  10. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks for everyones ideas.

    Staceykins--do you put the eggs in an egg carton first?
     

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