So, it turns out that six of the rescued turkey eggs hatched in the incubator. They hatched over a period of about a week or so and only a couple needed a hand. I found the light coloured chick underneath one of the other hens and quickly nabbed it.
They have even started to grow little wing feathers
A few days ago I checked under the other turkey hens and I found quite a few pipped eggs. Not wanting a repeat of the squashed turkey situation – see here – I took them and popped them in the incubator. Then yesterday this started to happen
Yesterday, was full of tapping and peeping as five turkeys hatched and two of the Ixworth eggs that I thought I had compromised in terms of turning and humidity when I put the turkey eggs in the incubator.
I was trying to finish a rewrite of an article, but kept getting distracted by these cute little peepers.
So far today another three turkeys have hatched.
I am away for work for a few days, but on Friday I will move the bigger turkeys outside into the bike shed with some heat and leave the little ones in the brooder – it is currently getting quite crowded in there.
N.B. This is another example of how turkey eggs from the same clutch can hatch over a period of at least a week – I need to remember this before I throw out eggs or turn off the incubator. See my post almost exactly a year ago for how I originally learnt this important lesson!