Turkey egg questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RuffTuffCreampuff, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. RuffTuffCreampuff

    RuffTuffCreampuff Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Gainesville, Texas
    After identifying problems from my last disappointing hatch (improper humidity control was a big one) I just started 15 royal palm eggs. Now I have a few questions scampering through my mind and perhaps someone with greater experience can provide some guidance.

    1. How often should turkey eggs be turned? The incubator is an older model, and the automatic turner is wonkey. Happily, the semi-automatic turner (I hold the switch as the trays tilt) works. I plan to turn the eggs twice a day (6am and 6pm) as this fits my schedule quite nicely.

    2. I replaced the smaller water containers with a larger single container. I am thrifty by nature; it's a small kitty litter box that holds about a gallon of water. Beyond monitoring this on a regular schedule, will this be adequate?

    3. When should I candle the eggs for the first time, or for that matter, can turkey eggs be candled? They seem rather substantially shelled.

    Allow me to thank you in advance for any responses to my queries. I'm not a total rookie, but until recently relied on broodies (which I still intend to use) to do what nature intended.

  2. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I'm sorry - I know nothing about turkey eggs, but I wanted to welcome you to BYC! [​IMG] ! I'm sure someone will come along shortly that has more info for you. This is a GREAT place to get answers!

  3. nstamper2000

    nstamper2000 Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    I do not know the answer to these questions, but when you do get the answers I would like to know because I too have turkey eggs that I am getting ready to incubate and I need help.[​IMG]
  4. PQ

    PQ Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    Platina, Ca.
    #1 at least 3 -5 times daily
    #2 humitidy needs to be 20-40 till the last 3 days then 60
    #3 I candle at ay 10 and day 25 if none formed at day 25 I trash or lt the kids break open, it leaves room for the ones that are going to hatch.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009

  5. bumblebeehillschickenfarm

    bumblebeehillschickenfarm Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Look under Porters rare heritage turkeys. This man is the person who knows all about turkeys. He hatches out different than most people. look under his hatching tips section.
  6. RuffTuffCreampuff

    RuffTuffCreampuff Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Gainesville, Texas
    Thanks for the good information! I'll keep y'all posted on the progress...by the way, I'm still collecting eggs...if my hen continues to lay as predictably as she has, I should have another 5 eggs by Friday.[​IMG]

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