Turkey Eggs

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by msbackwoods, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. msbackwoods

    msbackwoods In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2010
    Our turkeys just started laying eggs, how long can we wait before putting them in the incubator? I've read several different articles and it seems to be roughly the 7 day range. Should we relay on candling if over the 7 day period? Since only getting 2-3 a day, wanted to hold off a little bit.

  2. corancher

    corancher Songster

    Apr 18, 2007
    I generally try to collect my eggs Monday thru Saturday and set them on Sunday. You should be fine collecting them for several days and then setting them all together. Remember that when a bird hatches it's own babies it lays eggs in the nest for several days before she starts incubating them.

    I don't think candling will tell you anything other than air cell size for egg older than 7 days. I say set them a see what happens.
  3. BAMACK2

    BAMACK2 Songster

    May 22, 2010
    Spring Lake NC
    How and where do you keep your eggs after you collect them
  4. SED

    SED Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    North West Alabama
    Right now I keep mine in egg cartons on the kitchen counter. I just bought a small fridge off of CL and have it plugged in now to see if I can get it to maintain a 50-60 degree temp. If so, I will start putting them in the fridge.
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I set my eggs every Friday and have great hatches. I do this so I can sell the poults over the weekend. Turkey eggs are good for at least 10 days before there is any drop off. I store mine in LG egg turners in my laundry room because there is no windows and it stays cold in there. If you feel the need to keep them at 55 degs, then get a wine fridge but it's not needed.

  6. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    I have eggs from a 14 day window in the incubator right now, all fertile and developing.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  7. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    If you think about it, turkeys will lay eggs in a nest for 2-3 weeks without any temp control and then decide to sit on them and have great hatches. Now if I were selling eggs to be shipped then 7 days would be the MAX due to travle time!

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