I followed my usual strategy of finding an awesome answer to this question here at BYC by googling it, but I didn't get a link to BYC, so thought I'd ask ... How will I be able to tell when my BBB turkeys are ready to be butchered? I got these turkeys in late May of 2012. Will they be ready by Thanksgiving? They are already pretty big. The guys on the farm are saying "they're ready," but I have also read it takes 9 months, so that would be January, which isn't exactly turkey eating season. And if I wait that long the birds will be 50-60 lbs. I'm concerned if I do it early, they won't have enough meat on their bones or any fat to make them juicy ... Any tips on deciding when to butcher them, or how to "finish" them so they are yummy? I read one tip to feed them beer for great flavor. But is this tip for real? If there is already a great thread for this, I'd be satisfied with a link. Thanks so much in advance!