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How do I know if my turkey is a meat bird

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The farmer didn't say anything about being meat bird.. but I didn't ask. 

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As they grow a broad breasted will be chubby and heavy looking. A heritage will stay lighter and will fly up a lot.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.
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All turkeys are edible, you have it early enough in the year that a Broad Breasted will be around 30-40lbs by Thanksgiving and a heritage breed will be 15-20lbs.  You can look at photos of the full grown birds on murray mcmurrays website to try to see what you have! Meyer Hatchery has a growth chart for the broad breasted, you could weigh them around 5 weeks old to see what they are "on track" to weigh by Thanksgiving.  Growth chart is hidden in a tab here: https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?prodID=BBWTS

So basically if they aren't close to that chart, you probably have a heritage. Not necessarily, but a good chance. 

We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and two pigs, too!
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We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and two pigs, too!
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Have 17 guineas; 2 young turkeys (Blue Slate & Bourbon Red); Japanese, OEG, Sebright bantams; and RIR, BR, and EE.

 

My chicks: Brahma bantams, d'Uccles, Golden Penciled Hamburg, LF and bantam EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Marans and Black Australorp. Speckled Sussex and OEGB in the incubator.

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a designer flock and egg basket :)

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Have 17 guineas; 2 young turkeys (Blue Slate & Bourbon Red); Japanese, OEG, Sebright bantams; and RIR, BR, and EE.

 

My chicks: Brahma bantams, d'Uccles, Golden Penciled Hamburg, LF and bantam EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Marans and Black Australorp. Speckled Sussex and OEGB in the incubator.

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a designer flock and egg basket :)

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