9 Month Old Heritage Turkey - Amazed at fat content

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  1. Hardemans

    Hardemans Out Of The Brooder

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    We butchered 2 of our heritage tom turkeys this week,. They were 9 months old, one Spanish Black and one Narraganset. The weighed 17.5 lbs clean.

    What amazed us was the fat content. My flock is free range and eats a 50/50 mix of 17% lay pellet and 30% turkey starter. The chickens share in this mix. We heard that the fat layer does not start until approx. 1 year old. These birds are loaded with fat.

    We cooked one today after brineing for 24 hours. He will go into a gumbo. The flavor is unbeliveable. Far better than the BB Bronzes we raised last year. Meat is very tender and juicy.

    Is what we are seeing normal? So much fat (not a bad thing - adds to taste)?

    Thanks

    James Hardeman
     
  2. RodNTN

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    Hi! I don't know much about turkeys, but I would say it shouldn't be too bad!
     
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    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Especially if you think it tasted unbelievable :)
     

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