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How to slaughter a really big tom turkey

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SkyWarrior, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Actually, I have two tom turkeys. Last year, we had a hen turkey, who was big but not as much. I'm thinking well over 30 lbs and closer to 40.

    We've actually been talking shotgun to the bird's head. [​IMG] Insane?

    I don't think I can figure out how to hold him down for a good chop.
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    This sounds like something you need to film. One of those moments you'll laugh about waaay later.
     
  3. manybirds

    manybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
    Quote:if they're between 40 and 50 ibs on a tom and around 40 on a hen they're probably broad breasted's and are bound to have leg problems soon any way (or a heart attack)
     
  4. bigd36322

    bigd36322 New Egg

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    Quote:Good sharp Machete. Hold by his legs and when his head curls upward....SWOOSH.. off goes his head........ Let him bleed out...works everytime.........
     
  5. cassidy22

    cassidy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YOu need a friend. Someone to hold him down, and someone to slice or cut the head off.

    I would suggest holding him down through the last throes, so legs and wings don't get broken, and he doesn't end up pushing a lot of dirt up under his feathers.


    I had to do an injured tom last year a week before my thanskgiving processing. My husband was out of town, and I didn't have the scalder/plucker/kill cones set up.

    I had a friend come over, she practically sat on him, I cut his throat. The two of us continued to hold his wings in until he was done. It took both of us to get him up on my table so I could skin and gut him.

    I generally use kill cones, and I have some mighty big ones. It holds the bird still so I can cut them, and let them bleed out.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I did my two almost 50lb live toms by cutting a hole in a corner of a feed back and stuffing them in the bag and sticking their head out. I just used a knife to cut their heads off and hung them from the back porch rafters to bleed out. One tore the bag while flapping and I can assure you that you do not want to get hit in the face with a turkey wing. Kinda felt bad for the boys, they both just followed me to the back and just were like, why are you putting me in a bag for? They were well handled and so did not fuss when I bagged them and tied their feet together. I miss the turkeys, they were awesome. But they were broad breasted birds for food.
     
  7. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds so gruesome talking about it but we are going to have to do the same soon, too. However, we just have a smallish white midget female to dispatch. Let us know how it goes!
     
  8. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:if they're between 40 and 50 ibs on a tom and around 40 on a hen they're probably broad breasted's and are bound to have leg problems soon any way (or a heart attack)

    Two BBWs, to be exact. One tom is showing some leg problems. But this doesn't answer my question.
     
  9. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:If home grown turkey wasn't so good, I wouldn't bother with it. LOTS of work to dress one out, let alone two. [​IMG]

    I can't wait to get my heritage birds next spring. Assuming they all survive the shipping.
     
  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:This is what I would do. Less chance of anything going seriously wrong.
     

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