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cleaning Turkeys?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by justusnak, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Is there a way to "clean" turkeys? Or is it done just like chickens? Just wanted to know....for future reference.
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    anyone??
     
  3. marko15

    marko15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just Do them like chickens -the only difference is their size!!
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Thanks Marko......thats what I was thinking...but wasnt sure. We wont be processing turkeys untill next fall...but wanted to get a heads up on what to expect.
     
  5. boilerjoe_96

    boilerjoe_96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a 6-8 lb chicken can flap and makes lots of noise.....how does one go about catching, restraining and processing a turkey. Seems a 25 lb bird could beat you off with it's wings.....
     
  6. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    Like adult geese, catching and restraining a non-friendly turkey would be no different. Simply requires additional hands! Catch them by their neck, then grab around them to hold their wings in. Really monster toms may require a strong person to carry them, or two not-so-strong persons. [​IMG] I had chance to handle a mean old tom yesterday when our neighbors (from over a mile away) got into our yard! Pretty bird, but noisey and HUGE! Must of weighed in at about 30 pounds. Mmmmm! lol [​IMG] Their teenage daughter was driving around looking for it and I flagged her down. It took the two of us to corral, catch, and carry this monster. He escaped the truck on his way to be 'processed'. I got a nice cut on my arm and was filthy from head to foot afterwards, but if nothing else it was an exhilerating experience! [​IMG] Anywho, I asked the gal about processing them and she says they are anatomically almost identical to a chicken only MUCH larger. Only thing I would suggest justusnak, is to have a helper, or two...or three! lol
     
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Wow 4H, thanks. I plan on keeping the little turks as friendly as possible, without getting attached. HAHA! As long as I get it in my head, that they are for the freezer, BEFORE they hatch, I should be ok. Will have to see. For now, my little turks are only a few months old, and not ready for laying or brooding...so no worry yet. I dont plan to let them get HUGE either. Just me and DH here...so...10 pounds before processing is fine. Thanks for the info everyone. Now I am ready....i think. LOL
     

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