I just want to take a minute and say that I have been raising turkeys for meat for about four years now. I sell at two farmers markets and do ground turkey (big hit) as well as your classic seasonal guys.
I have raised heritage birds and the industrial whites and bronzes. When I raise the BBW and BBB I don't max out their food and I make sure they have a biiiig yard to roam in (like 25 birds in a half acre kind of big)
I also raise meat chickens.
Why is it that the industrial chicken is surly, mean, disgusting, and utterly without merit (except for speed and carcass) while the equally industrialized turkey is charming, funny, healthy, easy to be around and generally a joy to raise? I have caught myself just standing in their pasture with a turkey herding stick, just watching them and listening to them (sometimes I bring them something shiny like a can for them to obsess about for an afternoon). I feel like a shepherd. I am a combat vet so soothing pastoral livestock is really good for me and the turkeys just seem to fit the bill!
I had a bolt of realization today that if meat chickens didnt sell so well I would never raise them again and if I could raise nothing else it would be turkeys.
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