How do you weigh a live turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ladycat, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. ladycat

    ladycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind of scales do I need?

    I looked around on Amazon and found hunting scales that you hang from a tree that have a hook. But I would need something to put the turkey in to attach to the hook - like a burlap bag, maybe? Would that work?
     
  2. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have no experience with it, but that sounds feasible. Make sure the range of the scale is right. You may also look at fish scales.
     
  3. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can pick him/her up, I would weigh yourself on house scales then pick up the bird and reweigh. Then do the math to see the difference. If that isn't an option then put the turkey in a feed sack, burlap or even a sheet that you don't use to hang from the scales.
     
  4. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I have found guesstimations to work fine. If your turkeys are like mine, they do not fancy going into a gunny sack. They refuse to stand on a platform scale, and even when held wiggle and complain so much the reading on the scale jumps all around.


    I have thought about building a "cage" to put on a platform scale for weighing turkeys, but alas, I just did not seem to care enough to go through that work. Now I simply say " Gee, I don't know I would guess 18 lbs or so" [​IMG]

    If you figure out a good way to weigh a turkey, please post it here.
     
  5. neverbdone

    neverbdone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's how I do it. I only use the hanging scale after fully processed.
     
  6. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its what i do. Works fine.
    Wait till they roost and then just pick them up.
    Can't get any easier. Unless your roost is a scale it self.
     
  7. Anira

    Anira Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. ladycat

    ladycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    These are Midget Whites and they are pretty small.
     

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