how to hatch turkey eggs?

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Saint Hovannas Monastey, or Hovhannavank (Armenian: Surb Hovhannes Vank) is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the village of Ohanavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. It is situated atop a steep gorge carved by the Kasagh river. The monastery’s title originates from the combination of the name Hovhan (Armenian for Jonah) and the word vank, which in Armenian means monastery. The monastery was dedicated to John the Baptist, whom Armenians venerate as their patron-saint. The monastery stands on the edge of the Qasakh River Canyon, and its territory is adjacent to the village of Ohanavan.

History and architecture
The oldest part of the monastery is the single nave basilica of St. Karapet (i.e. Holy Forerunner, John the Baptist) that was founded at the beginning of the fourth century by St. Gregory the Enlightener, who baptized Armenia into the world’s first Christian nation. The wooden roof of the early church was replaced in 554 AD with a thatch cover, and the basilica itself underwent profound renovation between 1652 and 1734.

The centerpiece of the monastery is the Cathedral built between 1216 and 1221 through the donation of Prince Vache Vachutian. The Cathedral has a cruciform floor plan, with two story sacristies in each of the four extensions of the church. The dome has an umbrella-shaped roof, which is unique to Armenian churches. Cathedral’s important decorations include carved scenes from the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).

Portal leading into the main church from the gavit.In 1250, Vache Vachutian’s son, Kurt Vachutian, built a narthex (gavit) next to the western wall of the Cathedral. The narthex is supported by four base pillars and features a central rotunda (added in 1274) that rests on twelve columns. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, Hovhannavank was known as an important educational and theological center of Eastern Armenia that had a scriptorium where manuscripts were written and illuminated. The monastery was described in details in 1686 by the historian Zakaria Kanakertsi who spent his entire life at Hovhannavank.

The monastery walls are covered with rich lapidary inscriptions. One large engraved text high on the northern wall of one of the monastery’s auxiliary structures reads:

…By the grace of merciful God, during the reign of Queen Tamar, daughter of the great Gevorg, in the year 642 (1200 AD) of the race of Torgom, we—brothers Zakaria and Ivane—sons of Sargis the Great, son of Avag Zakarian, when the light of God’s grace rose and entered Armenia and raised us from weakness in the battle against the enemies of Christ and destroyed their power and quenched their violence, with the country of Ararat delivered from the heavy yoke of their servitude, wished to make offering and gave the tribute of the grace to the Holy Forerunner of Hovhannavank …
Another key inscription was left by Konstandin I, Katholicos of Armenia.

Hovhannavank’s Cathedral belongs to the category of “Gandzasar-style” ecclesiastical edifices that were built approximately at the same time in different parts of Armenia, and were endowed with similar compositional and decorative characteristics (another example—Cathedral of the Haritchavank Monastery). Those include umbrella-shaped dome, cruciform floor plan, narthex (often with stalactite-ornamented ceiling), and high-relief of a large cross on one of church’s walls. In 1918, the dome and the southern wall were destroyed by a powerful earthquake; both were reconstructed in the 1990s.

Question by ☮ Piggies <3: how to hatch turkey eggs?
I love turkeys! I asked my mum today if I could get a turkey, and she said no. I asked her if I hapened to accidently buy a few fertile turkey eggs that hatched, would she make me give the away, and she said no, I could kep them if I got them to hatch. We have chickens, (silkies) which go broody quite often, and i wanted to put some eggs under one of them, but she said she’d only let me get turkeys if I hatched them without the aid of a chicken (the reason being, she doesnt think they ill hatch!) but I’ve pretty much made my own incubator. please can you tell me if the following will make them hatch?

large fish tank with a reptile heat pad cvered in towels so the tank is 37.5’c. i will measure this with a thermometer. it won’t fall below 37’c or rise to above 38’c, but ill keep it at 37.5’c if I can- is tht ok?

water added to raise humidity to 55% (not sure if this is ight humidity?) measured by a humidity measurer.

I will mark the eggs in pencil with a X on one side and a O on the other so i can turn them exactly 180′, 3 times a day until day 25, when I wont turn at all unless they start to hatch from the bottom of the egg

f the poults start to poke through the egg at the bottom, ill trn the egg so the crack faces upwards

also, advice on feeding?

p.s- they’d be pets :)

thanks loads for your time! 😀

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3 Responses to how to hatch turkey eggs?

  1. I think all of what you said is fine for the turkey egg to hatch.
    Although, below is a website where you can clearly look at how to hatch a turkey egg with details.

    Hope i helped~

    Emily C
    February 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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  2. Sounds good to me. We have wild turkeys running around all over Connecticut. Some people feed them with their bird feeders.

    Good luck.

    Joey
    February 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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  3. The broody silkie idea is a great idea and the eggs would hatch. The hen will stay on them as long as it takes to produce a “chick” but your homemade incubator might work though homemade incubators rarely do and I want you to know that straight up. Outside humidity will affect your incubator as well so you will need to check it regularly by watching your Hygrometer closely and adjusting it accordingly.
    I can not answer your question regarding the temp because I do not know temperature readings if they are in centimeters. . . I use the degree method of temp measurement. Not sure what temp is needed for the incubation of turkey eggs but for chicken eggs the temp is approx. 101.5 degrees. Humidity needs to be around 55% but needs to be increased to around 85% to facilitate hatching.
    You will only need to put an X on side side. . . you will know the other side strictly because it is not marked. . no need for the extra work by marking both sides.
    Turn your eggs no less than once a day and after 5-7 days of incubation you can candle the egg to see if you are making progress.
    Take the egg into a VERY VERY dark room. . I like using my bathroom for this. Shine a heavy duty flash light on the back of the egg. If it is fertile and it is trying to incubate properly you should see what appears to be red veins. You should also see the air pocket that the chick will use during it’s hatching.
    Continue to turn your eggs until 2 days prior to your projected hatch date and at this time you quit turning the eggs so the chick can position itself for hatching. To continue to turn the eggs will get the chick turned around and might prevent it from being in the proper hatching position.
    NEVER help a chick to hatch. . .it is said that it takes a STRONG chick to hatch out of an egg and if it is not strong enough to hatch on it’s own then it is not likely to be strong enough to survive in the world. I have tried to prove this wrong but in the end I was proven wrong by trying to help a chick to hatch and lost each and everyone I ever tried to help.

    Remember to keep your chicks warm even after hatching because they will be wet when they hatch. Do not be concerned about the yolk appearing to be attached to it’s rectum when it is born because it is the yolk that provides nutrients to the chick while in the egg and it can take another day or two after hatching before that is totally absorbed. IF after 2-3 days this appears to still be on the rectum you can take a warm moist wash rag and gently help clean this off but NEVER pull it off. If it appears to still be attached after 2-3 days after hatching and it won’t wash off . . . Leave it alone.
    Your chicks will need to be kept warm until they are completely feathered out and can maintain their own body temp. Not sure about Turkey’s but it takes up to 6wks for chickens to be totally feathered out. Before putting my chickens out to fend for themselves I take them out in a cage to allow them to be in the sun/shade etc so to get use to adjusting their own body temps. . NEVER EVER take an newly feathered out bird and put them out in weather that is too hot or too cold until they have learned to adjust to changing weather temps.
    Provide food and water even upon hatching though they probably won’t start eating until the 2nd or 3rd day after hatching because of the nutrients they obtained in absorbing the yolk but make the food/water available anyways.

    Please know that hand raising baby turkey chicks is extremely hard to do and may people fail at it. Turkey’s are know for being stupid birds. They can be outside when it starts to rain and instead of trying to find shelter they will actually look up to see where the rain is coming from and they will open their mouths,take on water and actually drown themselves.

    I hope this helps.

    Just Q
    February 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm
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