Turkey Eggs Update

Well, we  candled the turkey eggs to see how many of them are going to hatch. When you shine  a really bright light through the egg in a dark room, you can see inside it. If you see a “spider” in the egg, it means that is developing into a chick and will probably hatch. If all you see is a dark, round mass, the egg is a dud and won’t hatch. The first time, dad candled the eggs  and obviously did something wrong because we didn’t see a “spider” or a dark round, mass. We did see some really cool gelitine stuff floating around inside the egg. Mom tried candling again a couple days later, she did the exact same thing we did and got much better results. We added in the chicken eggs the same day we candled the turkey eggs.

Of course, being me I couldn’t resist naming a couple eggs. Egg number 1 is named Shelly, egg number 2 is named Eggbert and egg number 3 is named Yolko! I am nuts. :D  Too bad they’re going to get eaten. :( Which is another thing I meant to mention, after they hatch, the turkeys won’t be ready to butcher until Christmas. My Aunt Stephanie has already put in a request for one. No idea when we can butcher chickens.

We still have to turn the eggs every day to make sure they’re evenly warmed and fill up the water trough to put moisture in the air. On Day 24 we get to stop turning the eggs and on day 28 they’ll hatch…

-K@tie

P.S. I counted all the Es in this post and there are 150. I take pleasure in the strangest things. :D

Turkeys – day 2

It is June 23rd and  day two incubating our turkey eggs.  An incubator is the white box Stephen and I are sitting in front of. What you do is you put the turkey eggs in and turn every morning and night. The only way to know what side to turn them on is if you put x a o on each side of the egg. It takes twenty-eight days for the turkey eggs to hatch. Tonight mom Stephen(brother) and I went over we took a cup of warm water put it into the little tray that sits under to provide moisture for the turkey babies to grow, we also turned the eggs to the o’s.  Then we had to put what we did on the chart to  know when we need to start candaling which is using a flashlight.  We have decided on day eight to put in chicken eggs as well as the turkey eggs. Chicken eggs take 21 days.

Those Turkeys!

We started 23 turkey eggs in an incubator this evening (7:30 pm to be precise).

The temperature was preset by the friend who loaned us the incubator .  thanks Angela!

We poured water into a tray in the bottom of the incubator to keep the eggs humid, and marked each egg with an ‘X’ as we put them in.  The ‘X’ will tell us where to place the egg when we roll it (the fetus does not develop properly if the egg is not rolled regularly).  We put the lid on the incubator and plugged it in.

We’ll check again in a day!