Turkey Eggs 7+ days overdue, but still alive?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Jrose, May 9, 2016.

  1. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hatching-fiend turkey hen sat her first clutch of the year. 12 of 14 eggs have made it to hatch... kind of...

    She went broody and I put eggs under her April 2nd. (I collect and store until they're ready to sit). She was technically due to hatch them April 29/30-ish. I've been fussing with the eggs and nest this last week, checking for poults almost daily.
    I just candled again tonight, convinced I'd have to throw them all away; a few of the eggs look marginally iffy but don't smell- they're not obviously dead 'yet'. Others clearly have pulses and moving embryos. If I had to guess strictly by candling, I would otherwise guess they were about 5 days from hatch based on development.

    But how is this possible? She's a sit-aholic and virtually doesn't leave the nest when she's broody. If she does, she's back on it in 5 minutes flat. She's a wonderful broody! I'm completely perplexed. There's no chance of eggs having been added to the nest and there have been no incubation upsets. My other broody turkey hatches have all had excellent and predictable hatch rates/times. Thoughts?
     
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  2. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the same situation, one of my RP hens has been sitting on some eggs for over a month, last night I checked and finally the eggs are piping. I don't know if it is because she used to get up and free range for hours before she went back to her nest.
     
  3. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had hens hatch out eggs on time this year that sat cold over night for several nights! (not in a row). She kept switching nests and I'd discover in the morning and have to bring eggs to her new nest. They all hatched out fine, maybe 1 day past day 30...
     
  4. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They started to hatch, I checked under her and I felt a few fluffy poults, here is one of them.[​IMG]
     
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  5. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE!
    All but 3 of the eggs have hatched last night! The last 3 feel like they're pipped. She's been sitting on them for 40 days! I have no idea how this is possible, but praise God!


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  6. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the 12th egg was a dud- it was the only one that looked 'really dead' when I candled earlier, and it was kind of poopy- normally the mussed eggs don't make it, I find. But! 11 healthy poults wobbling about! My beautiful mystery chicks!

    The second mystery is why my sweetgrass tom and sweetgrass hen throw white poults...
     
  8. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    From Porter's site.

    Day old Sweetgrass poults

    http://www.porterturkeys.com/SweetGrass Poults.jpg

    Three week old Sweetgrass poults

    http://www.porterturkeys.com/SG 3 wks.jpg
     
  9. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well we got 17 out of 18. One of them is from the Narragansett eggs. Here they are in their own pen looking for food.

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