Perpetual Hatch! "Do not try this at home"!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Kekko, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Kekko

    Kekko Chirping

    Mar 29, 2010
    Western IDAHO
    Wow I’ll never let this happen again. Had two Royal Palm hens that decided to set on the same nest. They had 32 eggs in the nest so I decided to let them set. When they started to hatch on May 21st thing started getting interesting. I noticed that they had way more than the 32 eggs in the nest 12 hatched out in the first four days and four of them got squished by the hens. So I pulled the 8 poults out of the nest to the brooder box. Realizing that some of my other hens were laying in the same nest since there were now 42 eggs still in the nest after 12 had hatched I figured I had to do something. So I pulled the 42 eggs and put them in an incubator after candling them. There were eggs in all stages of development. I put them in a 30 count egg flat and laid the rest around the edges. In the next 22 days I managed to get 37 of the 42 remaining eggs to hatch 1, 2, and 3 a day every couple of days. For a total of 45 poults from a total of 54 eggs. I keep the humidity at 60 and never turned an egg other than candling them about every 3 days and removing the ones that hatched and moving eggs from the incubator floor to the egg flat. I would arrange the eggs so the ones I expected to hatch next were on the outer edge of the egg flat when I candled them each time. Like I said I’ll never let this happen again as it was a real pain to try and save all the eggs. When it was all finished the 8 that hatched first under the hens were 31 days old!

    31 Days
    54 eggs
    42 Hatched

    I'd say it was a Success but not real smart on my part!
  2. birdluver

    birdluver In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2010
    Wow. I had a silke do the same thing but I think she stole the eggs because where she nested was nowhere near the other nests. Congrats on vetting so many of them to hatch!
  3. turkaholic

    turkaholic Songster

    Jan 2, 2010
    Been there...done that!!!![​IMG]

    But not to the extreme as you have. Good learning lesson, never let two hens set together, especially in an open pen where other hens can have access to the nest. When the setters go off to eat, the other hens egg dump into the nest and before you know it, you have the exact situation described. Last July I was too lazy to take the eggs from two hens and let them set. Well after a while, I found dead poults in the pen and realized they were hatching in staggered stages. The hens refused to leave the nest and the poults ended up crushed or killed by the other turkeys. NEVER AGAIN![​IMG]
  4. Kekko

    Kekko Chirping

    Mar 29, 2010
    Western IDAHO
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    wow! here's to your dedication! [​IMG]
  6. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Songster

    Mar 29, 2011
    Thats a great hatch. Do you have pictures. Should be funny.

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