Incubating Turkey Eggs

2013/03/15 by Tagged with:      
Posted in: On the Farm

Our heirloom turkeys have started laying eggs. We’ve collected enough to fill the incubator.They’re sitting in a tray which rotates them gently, pointy end down. The eggs need to be kept at 99.5 degrees for 28 days. The last few days eggs can be pulled from the rotating tray so poults can start to work they’re way out.
To check to see if eggs are fertile, we candle them with a flashlight. Cup your hand gently around light and cradle the egg over the beam. It helps if the room is darkened. At about 10 days, you should see a dark spot within the egg. If not, the egg does not contain an embryo. We are looking forward to our new arrivals in a few weeks!

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