Candling Turkey Eggs ~ Day 7

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Turkey eggs ready for the incubator.

Candling Turkey Eggs On Day 7

Candling eggs from your incubator gives you an opportunity to see the development of the embryos. In the old days they actually used candles to check for embryos in incubating eggs. I’ve used a flashlight in the past but found it difficult to use. Recently I invested in an egg candler and it works much better. Since I’m hoping for lots of baby Narragansett turkeys this spring, I was pretty jazzed about candling my latest batch in the incubator.

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At day 7 in the incubation period, the turkey embryos are difficult to make out. In fact, last week I took all of the eggs out of my incubator, thinking they were infertile. I cracked them open to feed back to my flock and found an embryo in one of them. I saw it’s tiny heart beating for just a second before it died. Curse my impatience! At one week, you might be able to see a few blood vessels forming and a dark colored spot in the yolk. Out of the 8 eggs in my incubator right now, it looks like only 2 are fertile. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to photograph the eggs as I candle them.

I’ll wait another week and candle again. I have more turkey eggs going in the incubator today and I hope to put a batch in each week until the turkey hens stop laying. Maybe we’ll have better fertility as our tom turkey gets the hang of his job on our homestead.

For a good site with instructions on candling an egg, check out The Poultry Keeper.

Check out this video from Half Acre Homestead where they candle Turkey and Duck Eggs on Day 7…

And here is a video from showing a turkey embryo candled at 15 days. It’s pretty cool to see the embryos moving around inside the egg. Hopefully someday I’ll get better photos to share with you of the candling process.

Have you ever candled eggs during the incubation process? Do you have any tips for the best candling techniques?

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