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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

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    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

    Mar 10, 2008
    Oh congrats, I want turkey so bad! Need pics! [​IMG]
  3. TxCritter

    TxCritter Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2009
  4. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    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

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Everyone loves a turkey!!!

  7. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    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.

  8. ljf24

    ljf24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Ahh, I wish mine would hurry up and start laying.
  9. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    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

    Jul 8, 2009
    Western PA
    Quote:im jealous, i have two gobblers and i want one hen to have poults

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