How do i finish a Turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Armageddon, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    I have two Turkeys, I think they are Bronze? I would like to process them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. What do i feed them to finish them up?
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    How 'bout corn. That's what we fed ours to fatten them up.
  3. mbnewby

    mbnewby Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2010
    how about stuffing then stick em in the oven at 375
  4. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Not sure this is what they were looking for but [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2010
  5. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    Extra corn is the normal way to finish them. I not sure I like corn even for finishing them. It seems like they get goobs and goobs of fat under the skin around the breast. Like all the extra weight is in just skin fat. I raise turkeys for health (my husand does not let me eat them now, I am working on it for Thankgiving). I would just grass feed them if I had grass. Adding corn makes the meat high in Omega 6. We already eat more Omega 6 than we need. Grass feeding will make a bird that is rich in Omega 3 and have a rich taste.

    Some of my best Turkeys where ones we did not plan to eat. But something happened (injury) and we needed to butcher them.
  6. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    Hmm.... LOL! Funny post...

    i was actually looking for the best way to feed them prior to the oven method! LOL!

    I don't have alot of 'grass' could I use hay or something similar? Might be hard to explain to people why I want their yard clippings....
  7. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    My neighbors gladly bring all their clippings I just ask them to not bring them if they fertilized or put weed killer birds have a feast
  8. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    Corn is not the best way to finish off a turkey, straight corn adds fat to them. Also regular Lawn grass clipping is not the best but better then corn.
    Some feed stores have whats called fancy scratch, it's corn plus a variety of others seeds it seems to add to the richness of there flavor. Some stores that sale rabbits or have rabbit food have grass, I don't remember the type of grass this is but it can help add to the taste also.

  9. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I don't feed any different to finish them, we throw out whole corn every afternoon at feeding time plus they get hard boiled eggs a couple times a week and any weeds of garden extras we have.

  10. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    Last year I had the best and juiciest turkeys I have ever raised. We had a glut of apples, and every day I took a bucket load in to the turkeys along with their regular feed. I wanted to try again this year, so of course the apple trees aren't co-operating [​IMG] There was a lot of juice from the turkey in the pan, and very little of it was fat. Maybe 1/2" of fat on top while cooling in a 4 cup container. I freeze the excess juice for later use (I freeze it in small containers then transfer the frozen chunks to a plastic bag so that I can just take out whatever I feel that I need).

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