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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by duluthralphie, Apr 5, 2015.
I don't believe it for a second! Um....who currently has a house turkey?
Love the pics! I just started letting mine free range too (supervised). It's a blast to watch them explore. I'm too nervous to leave mine out (it's 16 weeks) when I'm not around, so it's a few hours of exploring when I get home from work
It is midnight, and I finally get to go to bed. The little guy refused to sleep in his incubator/hatcher so I had to hold him and let him snuggle into my palm for comfort.
This is getting to be a chore caring for him!
I put mine back on high protein chick feed (26%) for the last week or 2 to pack on weight fast. As for resting after butcher, I brine mine for 24-48 hrs before cooking or freezing.
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 Bay leaves
2-4 cloves Fresh or 2 tsp jar garlic minced
Other seasonings as desired
Enough water to completely cover bird
Place in fridge 24-48 hrs
Rinse lightly before cooking if desired.
I have hand plucked turkey before. I don't own a plucker so have only used 1 once. I usually just skin my chickens but I do a bunch of those at once. Hand plucking just 1-2 birds isn't too bad. Just make sure you get them scalded well but without the water being too hot. 150-160F...not boiling!
My signal sux & pix aren't loading. I'll hafta try to look again later.
Finally loaded. You got a blue slate, a rusty slate & a bronze. Lookin good!
So ralphie has ur new poult let you put him down and got used to brooder yet.
Or is he a new snuggle turkey.
Eveyone been real quiet today.
My wife held him for 2 hours watching TV. "Cookie" Likes to watch TV is what she told me.........
I am afraid "Cookie" is here to stay. Unless I can get rid of her fast while she is at work..
You don't want to get rid of "Cookie"..... you've got it named and everything!
Throw in the towel ralphie. It has a name and gets to watch it's favorite TV shows...I think your window of opportunity to rehome is closed. But on the bright side....everyone needs a lap turkey!
I am not giving up on it leaving us yet.
After all how long could she be upset with me if "cookie" finds a good family that needs a turkey to make it complete.