Need Turk hatching help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by showme31, May 23, 2010.

  1. showme31

    showme31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not my first time hatching, just my first time with turk eggs. I have 2 that made it out yesterday (day 21, pipped and zipped in a matter of a couple of hours) and another that pipped sometime last evening. This last one that pipped is not making progress, small hole. The humidity is now at 72% but the membrane seems extremely dry. Ok now I have to admit that I did give a bit of assistance since the membrance hole was so teeny tiny and this membrane is extremely leather like.

    Is this normal and I'm worrying needlessly? I don't want to loose this little fella, and I know that helping can also be a bad thing. I know with chicks they peep loudly when they are getting stressed and get quiet as they tire, but goodness poults are so quiet thru the whole process.

    Pic to follow once the whole hatch is complete so I can figure out what breed/s I ended up with.

    TIA
     
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
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    If its been more than 24 hrs I would help but only as needed
    Dont pull the poult all the way out just be very careful and make it enough room to get the rest of the way out on its own
     
  3. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 21?!?!
     
  4. showme31

    showme31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooops sorry, day 28. Used to hatching chickens.

    That membrane is a mess. It's extremely dry and seems to be in 2 layers. The dry layer and a layer that seems to be shrink wrapping the little guy. Started to peel back slowly, back in to rest and give the guy a chance to work on his own if possible. Hopefully this works out, I put in a dozen eggs and only 3 made it to day 28 [​IMG]

    From my best guess they are blue slates, which is good since that what I was really after. Pics to follow if/when this guy makes to the brooder to see if I'm right on my best guess.


    Thanks for everything
     
  5. longranger

    longranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the top of the shell is off, you can see the beak through a hole and the membranes are hard the little guy needs help. If you have one fill a syringe with warm water and drip water on the membranes avoiding the beak. Use your finger or a warm moist cotton ball to work the moisture in. Once the membranes get moist they are almost clear and come off easily. Only pull off as much as you have to to get close to the area the shell is removed to. Stop if there is any significant bleeding. Don't panic with a drop or two of blood as it is often mixed with other fluids making it look like more than it really is. If you can get the wing usually folded over the head free and make it easy for the poult to get the head out itself they usually do fine. Don't do a bit more than you have to. Set the poult back in the bator. The work of getting the rest of the way out of the shell is critical to the poult absorbing any remaining yolk.
     
  6. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK i was gonna say day 21 is wayyyy early lol. The dropper idea sounds good.
     
  7. showme31

    showme31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's out and weakly moving around. I only cleared the dry looking membrane, once I got to where it was moist I let the little fellow work out on it's own. He's still not out of the woods, needs to gain strength and his feet need to get straightened out as he dries.

    Wow poults sure are quiet as they hatch. With chicks I hear them start peeping and I can start watching. With these "poof" baby, no noise just a baby staring at the red plugs in the vents, LOL!

    I have to say, we are already in love with little ones. They are soooooo funny. When my DD walks up to the brooder they are almost puppy like coming over to her hand. My husband is already counting the minutes to Thanksgiving, LOL!

    Thanks everyone
     

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