Hatching Turkey Eggs After They Get Cold
Turkey eggs are not often used in the same ways as chicken eggs due to turkeys only laying approximately 100 eggs per year in comparison to a chicken’s 300 eggs. When turkey eggs are laid they are usually hatched but this is not as easy as it might initially seem. Turkeys space out laying eggs which can make it difficult to monitor, incubate and raise the turkeys once they have hatched. It is common for farmers to halt embryonic development by storing the eggs in cold temperatures while they collect a decent batch of eggs. Once they have enough eggs to make it worth while then they will hatch them. This article will teach you more about keeping turkey eggs cool then hatching them in batches.
Turkey Eggs – Hatching
- After storing for approximately a week you should gather the eggs you want to hatch.
- Remember that the hatchability of the turkey eggs will decrease over time.
- If you are cooling eggs then you should keep them at a temperature of around 14 degrees centigrade. If you keep the turkey eggs any cooler than this you will find that they die.
- You should then candle the eggs by holding them up to a bright light and examining the contents through the shell.
- Discard the unusable eggs at this point.
- Use a pencil to draw a large X and O on opposite sides of the egg and place into an incubator. You should make sure that all the eggs are pointing in the same direction to begin with.
- For the first 25 days of incubation you will need to turn the eggs 180 degrees five times a day.
- The temperature should stay around 37.5 degrees centigrade with a humidity level of approximately 55%.
- Once you have reached 26 days you should stop turning the eggs and increase the humidity to 75%. You should also decrease the temperature to 37 degrees centigrade.
- The turkey eggs should begin to hatch at around day 28.