Problems hatching turkeys in incubator.....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by trinidarrin, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. trinidarrin

    trinidarrin Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2012
    Hi all, i have been tryin to hatch turkeys in an my hova bator incubator without much success. What i have noticed is that just before hatching they die... I tink they die on the day of hatching and also while hatching.. Can anyone tell me what might be the causes?? Would really appreciate your feedback
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    My first guess would be that your humidity is too high. But I'm not familiar with Turkeys only chickens...

    Try reading this link it might help;
  3. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    First thought is humidity but can be a whole host of reasons. Were they pipped? or zipped? or partially out what is the coomon problem exactly? Do they die before pip? or after pip? any details help.

  4. trinidarrin

    trinidarrin Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2012
    Hi chickend....most of them died just before piping...and some of them would die just after piping
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    raised the humidity last two days....make sure eggs are getting turned alot the first 25 days.

    i had that problem with both turkey and peafowl. . .i also layed eggs on their side, use auto turner ,plus hand turn two times a day by hand, i know lot of work but these increased my hatch rate, had another peafowl breeder show me that trick, it solved so many dying at that time of incubation.
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Use this as a reference.. Kevin porter is pretty much an expert on the hatching and genetics of heritage turkeys

    he incubates his the same way my family always has and we both have had excellent results

    the membrane on turkey eggs tends to be tougher than on chicken eggs.. so that's the reason for the higher humidity it helps to keep the membrane softer so the turkeys can break through it easier
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    x 2 I followed Kevin POrter's incubation instructions and had a 50% hatch the FIRST time I ever hatched.

    I was able to get humidity over 90% easily with sponges cut to stick out of baby food jars (4) in each corner of my LG. Still had some hatching problems the first go round. Looking forward to hatching again in the spring.


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