DEAR NEW FARM:
I have 30 female and 10 male turkeys. They were giving eggs
and I was getting poults by incubator, but in the past 15
days my results have become very bad. Eggs are not getting
poults—in 10 eggs, I am getting 2 or 3 poults, in some
eggs, none, and in other eggs, the poults are not fully developed.
What should I do?
Our local poultry expert referred us to David Smith in Maryland,
who incubates turkeys. Here’s what David had to say:
“What breed of turkey do you have? One of the problems
may be that you have too many males. The recommended ratio
is 1 male per 10-12 females.
“Do an internet search for ‘turkey incubation’
for many references on the subject. There are many variables
to successful breeding, incubating and brooding, and doing
your homework by doing a lot of reading certainly helps.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.