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Selling Turkeys for Thanksgiving

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Has anyone sold any of their turkeys to customers for Thanksgiving?  If so, how much did the turkey weigh and how much did you sell it for?  What kind of turkey did you sell?

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #2 of 31

Heritage birds, RP, Spanish. 2.50 a pound included processing. Biggest bird was almost 12 pounds. They were 6 months old.

I loving husband, 1 Dogo Argentino,  1 Belgian malinois, several barn cat, 3 horses, 4 goats, lots of chickens, turkeys and guineas. Did I already mention the loving husband?!?!??! *****I'm a girl!!!!*****
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I loving husband, 1 Dogo Argentino,  1 Belgian malinois, several barn cat, 3 horses, 4 goats, lots of chickens, turkeys and guineas. Did I already mention the loving husband?!?!??! *****I'm a girl!!!!*****
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Im helping a friend tomorow butcher her last of 45 turkeys -she gets 40$ for one UNPROCESSED 25 lbs and under 45$ if its over.  We have 4 more to go and I get a freebie for helping butcher the last 4:-)  I sold two for her too so I have 3 big turkeys going in my car tomorrow-after processing:-)

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Silver Laced Brahmas, Tolbunts,BBS Marans, Tolbunt mixed bucket of fun eggs and ;A bunch of projects working right now!!!!! 

SWAP http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/swap-items-1

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I paid $5/lb last year for a heritage turkey (processed).  This year, in my area, they are running closer to $6+/lb.  Bay Area yuppie prices!  It's too expensive for me now, am considering raising my own for next year.  But even though I processed a chicken I'm not sure I can do a turkey.

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Originally Posted by Charlene 

I paid $5/lb last year for a heritage turkey (processed).  This year, in my area, they are running closer to $6+/lb.  Bay Area yuppie prices!  It's too expensive for me now, am considering raising my own for next year.  But even though I processed a chicken I'm not sure I can do a turkey.


Its a shame you are not in Idaho, I would have hooked you up! I am sure you could find a processor willing to do it for a nominal fee in your area, for those who don't want to butcher the fees around here are usually weight dependent but run between 6-9 dollars for heritage birds.

I loving husband, 1 Dogo Argentino,  1 Belgian malinois, several barn cat, 3 horses, 4 goats, lots of chickens, turkeys and guineas. Did I already mention the loving husband?!?!??! *****I'm a girl!!!!*****
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I loving husband, 1 Dogo Argentino,  1 Belgian malinois, several barn cat, 3 horses, 4 goats, lots of chickens, turkeys and guineas. Did I already mention the loving husband?!?!??! *****I'm a girl!!!!*****
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Originally Posted by Charlene 

I paid $5/lb last year for a heritage turkey (processed).  This year, in my area, they are running closer to $6+/lb.  Bay Area yuppie prices!  It's too expensive for me now, am considering raising my own for next year.  But even though I processed a chicken I'm not sure I can do a turkey.


There isn't any difference between the two.  Excpet the turkey is bigger.

post #7 of 31

That the turkey is bigger could cause some problems....lol. We had someone butcher are turkeys for us this year. I have seen some threads on here about how people are butchering their turkeys though.


Edited by arabianequine - 11/20/10 at 8:47pm

Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.

She felt he loved her the most when it seemed to him she loved him the least.

Nothing good comes easy....and nothing that comes easy is good.
Good things don't end......unless they end badly!
I have been called worse-by better!

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Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.

She felt he loved her the most when it seemed to him she loved him the least.

Nothing good comes easy....and nothing that comes easy is good.
Good things don't end......unless they end badly!
I have been called worse-by better!

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post #8 of 31

We've butchered three turkeys.  The difficult things (aside from how attached I was!) were the killing cone I bought wasn't really big enough and we had to borrow a gigantic scalding pot.  (And wet turkeys are hecka heavy!)  But cleaning them is exactly the same.

post #9 of 31

if i got heritage breeds instead of broad brested should i charge more per pound for heritage then guy down the road dos for giant whites?

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I am selling 10 heritage birds today.  They have been sold since last Thanksgiving.  I will be getting $4/lb after dressing out.  People that help with the butchering pay $3.50.  Live weights last night ranged from 8 pounds for a midget white hen to 30 lbs for a bronze tom, so I expect dressed weights to go from 6 to 22 lbs.  Most of the toms will be 14 to 18 lbs.  The largest hen I had was 16 lb live.

Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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