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Injured turkeys and carcass quality

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by pigandchisel, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. pigandchisel

    pigandchisel New Egg

    Sep 20, 2012
    Like many of you have probably had happen, dogs got in with my broad breasted bronzes this morning. Mostly minor injuries....big bare spots from pulled feathers, some torn skin, an occasional injury that bled slightly. I have all these birds sold for Thanksgiving dinner and was wondering what effect these injuries will have on the carcass quality. Thanks for your help
  2. Scottingitup

    Scottingitup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Crestview, FL
    It really depends, some you may not notice anything others may not be as big due to healing and some may be bruised.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I would think that between now and Thanksgiving any injuries should be well-healed, although it may possibly affect thier growth some.
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana

    I would have to agree with 1muttsfan.
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    They will be well healed by Thanksgiving, but some of the worst injuries might leave scars. I'm going to assume that you are treating the injuries correctly and not just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. (usually by the time people get to raising turkeys in bulk, they have been involved with poultry long enough to have learned about proper care)

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