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Dress out weight v. live weight

post #1 of 8
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Okay, I know I have seen this here somewhere, but a ten minute search didn't bring it up.

What is the ratio for live weight to dress-out weight for a turkey? I weighed three of my BBWs tonight and the larges hen weighed 32 lbs and the toms 42 and 49. I'm trying to figure out what that means as far as processed weight is concerned.

Thanks!


Edited by Buster52 - 9/24/09 at 8:32am

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post #2 of 8

I am not sure but it wasn't a big differance for us. Those are huge turkeys. What are you gonna cook them in. We had ours processed at 5 months and dressed out weight was 21lbs and the other 29lbs. They were bigger than I thought.

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Wife and mom to a great husband and 3 wonderful boys. Lots of pets and have officially gone chicken and turkey crazy. I can't even list everything anymore!!     P.S. I am very bad at spelling so forgive me.
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post #3 of 8

yoou can figure you will loose 30% or so on a 49 lbs you should be close to a 33 lb turkey dressed out give or take.

It really depends on when you weigh them. they will weigh more when they are full of feed and water then they will on slaughter day

Turkeys: Beltsville White - Bourbon Red - Chocolate - Narragansett - Black Spanish - Wishard Bronze Chickens: Black Copper Marans - Cuckoo Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - White Rocks - Other: Pekin Ducks - Boer Goats - Pigs
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Turkeys: Beltsville White - Bourbon Red - Chocolate - Narragansett - Black Spanish - Wishard Bronze Chickens: Black Copper Marans - Cuckoo Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - White Rocks - Other: Pekin Ducks - Boer Goats - Pigs
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post #4 of 8
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Thanks, Harp. That is kind of a relief. I was shooting for a maximum dressed out weight just under 30 pounds, so hopefully they were full of feed. This is the last time I raise these monsters. It's heritage breeds from now on!

I am processing this Sunday. Any advice on how to handle them this last week?

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What I'm reading now:  Aquaponic Gardening, by Sylvia Bernstein.

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"There are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime; you have to draw the line somewhere." --Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

 

What I'm reading now:  Aquaponic Gardening, by Sylvia Bernstein.

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post #5 of 8

Just with hold food for the last 24 hrs and only give them all the water they can drink to help flush out their systems as it will get real messy with that big of birds if you don't.

Turkeys: Beltsville White - Bourbon Red - Chocolate - Narragansett - Black Spanish - Wishard Bronze Chickens: Black Copper Marans - Cuckoo Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - White Rocks - Other: Pekin Ducks - Boer Goats - Pigs
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Turkeys: Beltsville White - Bourbon Red - Chocolate - Narragansett - Black Spanish - Wishard Bronze Chickens: Black Copper Marans - Cuckoo Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - White Rocks - Other: Pekin Ducks - Boer Goats - Pigs
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post #6 of 8

A turkey farmer told me dressed weight is 72% of live weight for a turkey.

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post #7 of 8

They loose 20% of live weight.

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post #8 of 8
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FYI, my 49.4 pound turkey dressed out at 38.6 pounds, which comes out to 79.7% of live weight. That is on par with what I have read in some books.

I do two more this weekend and will let you know how that goes. I'm thinking maybe these big BB breeds have a higher conversion rate than heritage.

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