A So-So Hatch
Our temperatures have been erratic, which is typical of spring weather. But it sure messes with the temperature inside the incubators. Because the temps have been up and down so much, I had trouble keeping a stable temperature in the incubator with 13 turkey eggs. Add to that the fact that many of these eggs were quite chilled by frigid March weather. The result? Only one turkey hatched and survived. My friend Jeanine has named this little tyke Mergatroid. 🙂 I don’t usually name my food, and this little turkey is intended for the freezer. But I’m now calling him/her ‘Merggie the turkey’. I feel bad because it has no siblings or flock mates. Every time I walk in the room, I’m greeted with peeps. Sigh. Why does food have to start out so stinking cute?
Try, Try Again
I won’t give up easily on my turkey hatching project. I have another dozen turkey eggs and some chicken eggs in my Hova Bator 1602N. I’ll have to be extremely careful about the temperature when the chicks hatch and come out, to be sure that the temperature doesn’t drop and kill the turkey embryos. They take 28 days to hatch and chicks only take 21 days. Since hind sight is 20/20, I’m realizing that I should have put the chicken eggs in one week later so everyone would hatch at the same time. Sigh.
I also have 8 more turkey eggs to go into the incubator that is now empty. I considered the possibility of ordering a temperature controlled thermostat kit to install in one of the incubators. They run around $90 plus shipping and need to be wired into the existing heating element…a thought that makes me hesitant to jump in right away and order one.
I have had numerous successful hatches with the incubators as they are, with no temperature control. However, turkeys don’t lay eggs for as long as chickens and I hate to waste any more eggs with a bad hatch. Fortunately, the incubator that is running now hasn’t had temperature fluctuations as wild as the last one, so hopefully I’ll have a good hatch in a week or so.