I got a number of turkey poults last year, heritage birds, bronze, blue slate, and naragansetts. Raised them to maturity, and this spring they started laying. Right off the bat the eggs were fertile. Raised and sold a lot of poults, and lots of eggs, and then I realized that I need some birds for myself, as the broodstock would be off limits. I hatched 32 poults, and a hen hatched out 8 by herself. Ended up with 32 birds reaching after the neighbor's dog killed a few, and I lost 5 to unknown illness/trampling/? early on. "Fridge camp" happened yesterday for 10. Considering I started these birds in June and July, I'm pleased. The birds had average weights of about 12lbs, perfect for the smoker. Biggest was 14.5 lbs, blue slate, and the smallest was 10.5lbs (bronze). I took only toms this time around. I'll save a few for Christmas orders, and other happenings We'll see how they cook up. Baking one, smoking the other for ourselves. The rest are going to friends. Taking out 10 toms in a flock of 40+ birds certainly changed the dynamic of the flock. My biggest remaining broodstock tom has also changed his attitude towards me, making sure he is between the flock and me. At least that was the situation yesterday afternoon and this morning. We'll see how that goes. They free range, so they came over to investigate a few times during the process. Scalded at 155 degrees for 90 seconds. Hand plucked them, and the feathers literally fell/wiped right off, except for the wing an tail feathers. Those required minimal force. Took about 4 minutes per bird.