First Time Turkey Processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by biomistake, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. biomistake

    biomistake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Day one... Well today was a first for me. I decided to take a jake with me for christmas dinner with my family. I really was not set up for processing turkeys but I had read a few tips on here and I tried one. I used a feed bag with a corner cut out as the killing cone and it worked sufficiently. As soon as it was through bleeding out i immediately started dry plucking the carcass. I was shocked... it was as easy as i had read it was. In a very short time I had one 14 lb 26.5 wk jake processed in less time it would have taken to do a few cockerels even if I skinned them. I had planned on doing a small breeding program for a sustainable chicken for processing, but not anymore. I will use turkeys instead and focus on bringing my laying breeds closer to their specifications in the APA.

    Day two... I processed my sweetgrass jake and his processed weight was 11lbs with a 19.4 live weight. Just as easy as the first one... Ordering midget whites immediately!!!!
  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Awesome! I bet it's going to taste fantastic! [​IMG]
  3. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is great. I wish I had the guts to do my own. I will do 100's of chickens but I always let my Turks get too big for the scalding tank. I just take them in to the local processor.
    Lazy I guess [​IMG]

    I actually have some 11 pound Chickens in the freezer [​IMG] My Turkeys are 20 pounds and over... I like to feed dozens of people if I go through the work of cooking [​IMG]
  4. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Way to go! Wait until your family taste the will be so wonderful.
    And Midget Whites have the best flavor!!!

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