BB turkey with bare tummy.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ScoobyRoo, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    [​IMG] Going to cry and get it out of my system now. The first week of October, we are going to process our BB tom and hen. We plan to pluck them but I'm concerned about their bare bellys. They are too heavy to roost and weigh just over 25# a piece. So they tend to lay down alot. Is this going to affect the skin coloring, taste etc.? Does it need a good bleach/water cleaning on that bare patch or is it wasted? Any ideas?
     
  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I do have another question. I remember a thread or post about someone using 'large' bags to store the whole turkey in. I searched but no luck. Anyone know where to get these?
     
  3. Big George

    Big George Out Of The Brooder

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    Make sure they have clean dry bedding , straw or wood chips each day. My cornish rocks were getting a messy and bare underneath so I kept them clean and they finished great.
    Good luck there is still time.
     
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I have never raised meat birds. but you get the BIG bags at just about any major grocery store or major retailer. They are called Ziploc XL, XXL or XXXL bags. We use them to store hunting clothes in to keep them scent free.
     
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:Thanks. I did buy the big storage bags once. Thought about using those.
     
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should be fine. Many of my Cornish X's get bare bellies, and you'd never know when they're butchered.
     
  7. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:Thanks for the response.
    I thought that if I did wash the skin good, maybe a tad bit of bleach should make it cleaner? The skin isn't broken so.....?

    My turkeys free range most of the time and they lay where ever they dang well please. Dry, wet, muddy, you name it.
     
  8. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Henry'schickens :

    Quote:Thanks for the response.
    I thought that if I did wash the skin good, maybe a tad bit of bleach should make it cleaner? The skin isn't broken so.....?

    My turkeys free range most of the time and they lay where ever they dang well please. Dry, wet, muddy, you name it.

    DON'T wash your meat with bleach.​
     
  9. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:Thanks for the response.
    I thought that if I did wash the skin good, maybe a tad bit of bleach should make it cleaner? The skin isn't broken so.....?

    My turkeys free range most of the time and they lay where ever they dang well please. Dry, wet, muddy, you name it.

    DON'T wash your meat with bleach.

    I didn't plan on doing the meat. Just the exposed skin that has been in contact with the ground. Is that still a No-No? Please tell me to clean it with something! Just knowing that they laid anywhere,[​IMG] makes my stomach churn.
     
  10. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Henry'schickens :

    Quote:DON'T wash your meat with bleach.

    I didn't plan on doing the meat. Just the exposed skin that has been in contact with the ground. Is that still a No-No? Please tell me to clean it with something! Just knowing that they laid anywhere,[​IMG] makes my stomach churn.​

    If you're that concerned about it, just skin your bird. Otherwise, clean with water ONLY. You'll be fine once you cook your bird. Just remember, you're raising your own to AVOID chemicals right?
     

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