Originally Posted by Chaos18
I had thought about going with the MW as well for this purpose as they are supposed to have excellent tasting meat but I went with a bigger bird because I'm weird and I wasn't a fan of just a plain white turkey.
The problem with going the broad-breasted route every year is that you would have to buy the poults (or artificially inseminate any that you have kept for breeding). While going the heritage route may not be cheaper they can naturally reproduce.
Raising your own heritage breed turkeys definitely won't be cheaper than buying one at the supermarket for .99 cents a pound. It will be considerably healthier for you and will have a way better flavor. The biggest reason I went into turkeys was because of the healthy aspect of it. I can give my birds a way better healthier life (until they lose there heads over it ) and natural life than living in a cage a getting fat and pumped full of drugs to be kept "healthy". I know its not even close to being cheaper than the holiday specials that they run and it never will be. Yes you could go the broad-breasted variety route but you would have to buy poults every year for it. Heritage breeds are natural reproducers so theoretically you don't have to buy more birds every year (unless you want to ).
I used a similar logic to justify keeping a pen of guineas the past year. I wanted to hatch my own eggs to save money over buying keets to raise and free range. I can definitely tell you -- NOT worth it !!
Unless you want a pen of turkeys anyway, just for the pleasure of having them, you will save a lot buying BB poults each year. A breeder pen of turkeys eat a lot of feed and produce few or no eggs for much of the year. You will never get enough poults to pay for the feed.
The most cost effective way is to do a group buy from a hatchery and split the shipping costs, or sell the extras for a little profit.