Yes, people use incubator to hatch turkey eggs. However, the best turkey egg incubators will depend on your budget.
So, how much money do you want to spend?
Best Incubator for Turkey Eggs
Budget over $500
The R-com incubator is the perfect incubator for turkey eggs.
They’re simply the best incubators for turkeys you can afford on the market at the moment.
This incubator is all digital. You can program the humidity and temperature then select “MANUAL EGG TURNING” or “AUTOMATIC EGG TURNING”.
I have had the most success with this incubator. I’m talking 100% hatch rate, no jokes. This is the real deal.
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Budget less than $400
The next cheaper alternative is the Hovabator 1588 and it was a nice incubator too, but of course not as good as the R-com, but you get value for what you pat for anyway.
It features a nice viewing window for clear visibility of eggs, and I believe there are two types – one with a manual turner and the other automatic turner.
This incubator comes with an electronic thermostat, and basically all you need to do is to fill the water trays to where the instructions told you.
It works great!
Candling Turkey Eggs Day By Day – How to!
There’s no need to candle a turkey egg at 4 days old as you will see nothing.
- You should instead begin candling on the 14th
- To candle, enter a dark room and light a candle (or use a torch) then old the egg above the flame/torchlight (it shouldn’t be touching the fire) but close enough that you can see the development.
- However, you need to make sure your hands are clean before doing this. This is because the oil and sweat you get on your hands can be absorbed by the egg leading to the developing chick suffering damage.
When do Turkeys Lay?
Turkeys lay in the spring and can do 15-18 eggs over 3 weeks before they sit and brood.
During winter, you should pick eggs you want to hatch and take them inside. Then turn them 3 times a day until you are ready to incubate them.
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How to tell if Turkey Eggs Are Fertile
Enter a dark room or area then place a solid light beneath the egg’s big end. If a dark patch is visible in the center, that means your egg is fertile, if not, your egg isn’t.
How to Hatch Turkey Eggs Without An Incubator
To have an high success rate without using an incubator, do the following:
- Keep the eggs consistently at 37.5 Celsius / 99.5 F.
- Turn the eggs 3/5 times per day.
- Keep the humidity at 45% from days 1-18 and 60-70% days 19-22.
Turkey Egg Incubator Temperature and Humidity
You should keep your turkey egg incubator internal temperature at 37.5°C (99.5°F), and a humidity level of 55 percent, for the majority of the incubation period.
How to Keep An Egg Warm Without An Incubator Or Heat Lamp
- Find a surrogate mother. Then place an egg under this substitute mother. Some use other poultry such as chickens, duck etc.
- Use a heating pad.
- Use a Towel. Just place a medium-sized towel in a carboard shoe box.
- Fill a Tube sock with warm uncooked rice.
- Use Disposable Hand Warmers.
6 guidelines to hatching Turkey Eggs
The following steps will help you successfully hatch turkey eggs on your own with huge success:
Cleaning & Setting Up the Incubator
Clean and sanitize the incubator.
Once that is done, warm the incubator for at least a day before placing in your turkey eggs.
Ensure there is enough water in the incubator to achieve optimal humidity level.
If your incubator does not come with incubators, you should place 2 thermometers in the incubator so you’re able to measure the temperature inside.
Preparing the Turkey Eggs
Use a clean rag to remove any dirt or debris from the egg when it is still warm from being laid.
How you store your turkey eggs will determine the hatchability, so if possible, it is advisable to do a pre=storage period of 12 hours at 15.5 ºC or 60 ºF.
This step will make the turkey egg more resistant to egg handling. After you take the eggs out of storage and before you place them in the incubator for the 28-day incubation period a 10 to 12-hour preheating process at around 22 ºC or 71.5 ºF will assist in a uniform and predictable hatch of all turkey eggs.
Placing the Turkey Eggs
Keep the incubator temperature at 37.5 ºC or 99.5 ºF.
Within the first 2 days, you may notice the temperature fall, we recommend not raising the temperature because the cooler eggs being introduced into the incubator is the cause of this.
By raising the temperature at that point, you may end up cooking the eggs. Since turkey eggs are usually placed in an incubator a couple of days after they have been laid, it is recommended to in an extra 1 hour to the incubation period for each day that the egg has been in storage.
For example, if the turkey eggs have been in storage for 6 days, the incubation period would be 28 days and 6 hours.
Turning the Turkey Eggs
Turkey eggs need to be turned at least 5-7 times per day.
An odd number of turns is recommended to prevent the egg from sitting on the same side each night.
You will need to manually turn if your incubator does not have an automatic turner.
Remember to turn the eggs at a full 180 degrees. The simplest means of achieving this is by placing a small mark in pencil on either side of the egg.
Note: Do not use a colored pen, Pencil, or a marker as they may contain chemicals that might harm your turkey poult.
Likewise, your hands need to be washed before handling the turkey eggs since the oils from your skin can permeate the eggshell and harm the turkey poult.
Turkey egg incubation period is 28 days so stop turning them on day 24.
Keep an eye on the water level and make sure the humidity during hatching is around 65% or more.
Avoid the temptation of helping the turkey poults out of their shells. You can actually end up doing more harm than good.
You should let nature take its course, turkeys have been hatching in the wild (ON THEIR OWN) for several thousands of years.
Overall, the hatching process can take anywhere from 5-10 hours, so just be patient.
Removing the Turkey Poults
Now that you have healthy turkey poults peeping, wobbly, tired and wet, you can smile.
Let them stay warm and dry up in the incubator. After 6-12 hours passed you can then take the turkey poults when they are fluffy and dry.
Now it is time to care for your turkey poult, the hardest part is trying to teach them how to take water and feed on their own.