How do I know if my turkey is a meat bird

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by budgy, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. budgy

    budgy In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2016
    The farmer didn't say anything about being meat bird.. but I didn't ask.

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    As they grow a broad breasted will be chubby and heavy looking. A heritage will stay lighter and will fly up a lot.
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  3. eviemethugh

    eviemethugh Chirping

    May 14, 2015
    North Carolina
    All turkeys are edible, you have it early enough in the year that a Broad Breasted will be around 30-40lbs by Thanksgiving and a heritage breed will be 15-20lbs. You can look at photos of the full grown birds on murray mcmurrays website to try to see what you have! Meyer Hatchery has a growth chart for the broad breasted, you could weigh them around 5 weeks old to see what they are "on track" to weigh by Thanksgiving. Growth chart is hidden in a tab here:
    So basically if they aren't close to that chart, you probably have a heritage. Not necessarily, but a good chance.
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