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Has anybody eaten a three-year-old turkey>

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by denwally, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. denwally

    denwally Hatching

    Dec 25, 2010
    Jefferson, OR
    I thought I was catching two young heritage toms this morning to butcher for Thanksgiving. After killing, I realized that one of them was one of my breeding stock hens. My hens are banded, but apparently this one had lost its band. Now that she is in the fridge, I was wondering if she would roast OK anyway. Has anybody tried? She had a nice layer of fat which should be tasty. I just don't know if they get tough. I had a friend once who had an 18 month-old broad breasted tom butchered, and the processor said that turkeys don't get tough like chickens. True?
  2. LogCabinChicks

    LogCabinChicks Chirping

    May 3, 2014
    My processor said yesterday that this one couple always brings him a bird that is 2+ years old every year to butcher for their Thanksgiving...he doesn't know how the birds tastes, but he says that they are very tough to process as the skin is very tough "can hardly get my knife through it" was his exact quote.
  3. retlaw

    retlaw Songster

    Feb 2, 2013
    Be sure and report back your dinning experience.
  4. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Crowing 8 Years

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    When in doubt, grind.

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