butchered turkeys this weekend

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chix4smokin, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. chix4smokin

    chix4smokin Out Of The Brooder

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    that was not the easiest thing!!! It wasn't anything like doing the cornish cross. The turkeys are so friendly and happy to see you. They weighed from 18-28lbs. I will definately be doing them again next year as they were actually fun to raise (besides d-day).
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Good for you. I'm actually a turkey killer, don't know what happened they just died.
     
  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always thought that turkeys were easier to dry pluck. Wing feathers need plyers and a firm pull. lol But they are harder to clean than a broiler. With that said, they taste soooo good. I had BBW, BBB, Spanish, ... all good. Conjrats:D
     
  4. jdc

    jdc Out Of The Brooder

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    How old were they and what breed?
     
  5. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha, we had the same issue- they are so friendly! Not to mention that they bleed like a faucet, which is a little disturbing! So much good meat though.
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    glad it went well, we eat alot of turkey. One thing we started doing was cutting them up so you don't have to eat it for days and days.

    Steve
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We cut the breast meat into strips. Then we fried them up. Very good with hot mustard dipping sauce.[​IMG]
     
  8. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like to separate it into white and dark meat, then grind it. I've got 20 individual pounds of ground turkey breast, and another 12 of dark meat in my freezer.
     
  9. chix4smokin

    chix4smokin Out Of The Brooder

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    they were bb whites and bb bronze. I wanted to get some bronze to add a little color to the flock. Next year it will definately be all white!! The bronze have a black color pigment that stays under the skin and is a pain to clean up. I scalded them and took the feet off, then hand plucked the big wing feathers before putting in the plucker. Their legs are so long that they didn't roll very good in the plucker. Taking the feet off first made all the difference.
     
  10. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I found my plucker to be almost useless on most of my turkeys. I filleted all but two of them for that reason!
     

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