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Home turkey processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hannibalpunic, May 14, 2008.

  1. hannibalpunic

    hannibalpunic New Egg

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    Hello, Everyone!

    I am new to the forum, this being my first post, although I have lurked and read for some time. I love the info on this forum!

    I have a question that I cant find a lot of answers for: Home Turkey Processing. Does anyone do it? In addition to my chickens, I got 15 turkeys this year ( I am down now to 11, due to attrition), and have been trying to find any info out on processing, tips, experience, etc.

    Any help out there?
     
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  2. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should be able to process them like a meat chicken. Or find your local butcher and see if they do turkeys.
     
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've done them. Just like chickens... only bigger!
     
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    We have done lots of them. I think they are easier than a chicken. Same process only bigger. No worries.[​IMG]
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Can you dry pluck a turkey?

    I am still trying to figure out how to scald my turkeys when they get large enough. They're only 7 lbs now.
     
  6. hannibalpunic

    hannibalpunic New Egg

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  7. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an extra large hot water canner. Don't know tht actual size, but it holds 10 quart jars instead of the usual 7.
     
  8. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you weigh your turkey (or chicken). do you put them on a scale? (before they are butchered)
     
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  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    We dry pluck our turkeys. All the feathers seem to come out with no trouble. We also have a hanging scale that we use to weigh the birds.
    Our biggest turkey weighed over 40 lbs. He was a BB white.
     

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