WooHoo! First "home grown" turkey eggs hatching now! PIC added.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ChanceRider, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Early last spring I ordered Bourbon Red and Midget White hatching eggs and eventually wound up with 18 turkeys. I didn't expect anyone to start laying until spring and haven't separated the two varieties completely yet. Lo and behold, my MW hens started laying about 1 1/2 months ago. The temptation was just too great and I put 17 eggs into an incubator. At 2 weeks I had 13 viable eggs which are due to hatch this Saturday. Came home from a sportsmen's show a little while ago and was welcomed home by a brand new poult! Several more are pipping already also.

    Looks like my MW hen was bred by the BR tom. Since these will be table birds I didn't care if they were mixed. Come very early spring I'll separate out the two varieties. So cute... thanks for letting me share my excitement! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2010
  2. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh congrats, I want turkey so bad! Need pics! [​IMG]
     
  3. TxCritter

    TxCritter Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

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    Best of luck with your turkey hatch![​IMG]
     
  5. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    PICS.....must have PICS!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Everyone loves a turkey!!!
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    Sharon
     
  7. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've hatched out 2 batches of shipped turkey eggs, and in each case I was pretty happy with the 50% hatch rate. Out of the 17 eggs I set from my own hens, 4 were clears that I tossed after 2 weeks, and, get this... 12 of the 13 remaining eggs hatched! [​IMG] Wow, what a difference!

    Here's a pic of the poults at about 2 - 3 days after hatching. Can't wait to see what they look like as they grow out. Wait... I'm giving them away. I'll have to ask for pics of them later on.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. ljf24

    ljf24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh, I wish mine would hurry up and start laying.
     
  9. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WhooHooo, they are so cute!
    So glad to see pics of them.
    It is amazing regarding shipped vs hatched from your own flock.
    And as I recall some were older than our shipped eggs are when you set them right?

    I guess if you want 50% hatch rates you are going to have to toss those eggs around on the way to the incubator from the coop.
    congrats on a great hatch
     
  10. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:im jealous, i have two gobblers and i want one hen to have poults
     

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