New member with a turkey hatchling problem!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jjhabgood, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. jjhabgood

    jjhabgood New Egg

    Dec 27, 2015
    Paphos cyprus
    HI i have just joined this site today, hoping for some much needed help.
    i have managed to successfully introduce some turkeys onto my land, all brought form a local farm (I'm in Cyprus). After a while the female turkeys started to lay eggs, which i have successfully hatched in an incubator. The problem that i am coming up against is i am keeping them in the house as a little chilly outside for babies, under a heat lamp, i am giving them water with a vita punch, and chicken starting food as i can't get turkey starter. After a good week they seem to stop eating and drinking then die. So far out of 10 chicks 2 are still alive, and these are doing well, second batch there was 14 and after one week i am now down to 7. I have spent hours watching and hand feeding them at the beginning and taking good care of them but i am obviously doing something that they don't like. Its as if they are to comfortable and lazy that they give up.
    My other issue is i have 50 eggs getting ready to hatch, starting in 5 days onwards, do i place some eggs under my female adult bird outside, or not?
    i would appreciate any help with these issues
    many thanks in advance
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Welcome! This is a great site full of helpful people. When you get a chance check out the learning center, it is a great place to get lots of information.
    To answer your question I would suggest the Turkey Thread. The people there would be the most knowledgeable, and able to help you. Hopefully you get it sorted out before harch.
  3. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! You should be fine with the eggs if you have enough space in your incubator for all of those eggs. The chicks will try to move to the other eggs since they contain heat. As for the dying I have two questions. What is the protein level of the feed? What is the temp under the heat lamp?
  4. jjhabgood

    jjhabgood New Egg

    Dec 27, 2015
    Paphos cyprus
    Hi thank you for your response
    At the moment i can't give you the information about the feed as its in greek and also i have disposed of the bag. I do believe the man that i brought the chickens and turkeys from uses the same feed and he recommended it to me.I have hard boiled some eggs today and just given them the yoke for a little boost, i will check tomorrow with the supplier, As regards to the temp its currently running at 31c 88f they are kept in a plastic box with straw on the floor which i change and clean every day fresh clean water at room temp given twice a day. They all seem ok for now but this can change very quickly.
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  6. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    The temp to me seems like it wouldn't cause death. Hopefully the egg yolk will help give them a boost in protein. If you can try to find a game bird medicated starter feed. Most game bird feeds are at least 20% protein and starters are higher. I would try to give them a protein level of at least 20% for the first 8-10 weeks.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about turkeys (never had any), but definitely post on our Turkey link that NorthFlChick left with you and take advantage of our turkey experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!!
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    I do not really know anything about turkeys, I just wanted to pop in and say, "Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!"


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