Meat turkeys

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SillyMe, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. SillyMe

    SillyMe Out Of The Brooder

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    I am going to by my birds in march/ april from McMurry.
    If I buy some turkeys can I cook them for the 2008 holidays? Or will they be too tough to eat by then?
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    They should be perfect by that time. The longer you wait to butcher, the bigger they get. Really, you'd just butcher at the right time and freeze them until the holidays.
     
  3. nadams4

    nadams4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best type of turkey to get if raising it to butcher for "the holiday" with lots of guests??
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    broad breasted bronze or broad breasted white. Unless you want to venture into the heritage breeds, that is. [​IMG] It's all a matter of personal preference.
     
  5. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only get the double breasted white or bronze if you want a good eating turkey for many people. We butchered 3 heratage toms this last November and there really wasnt a lot of meat on them. You really need to get a meat turkey for goooood eats... They will fatten up quick and be great. Also a double breasted white poult is about 3.50 compaired to a royal palm poult at 8.50. Heritage are more for looks, beautiful eye candy for your farm and the eggs. whites and bronzes are more for eating. I think I am going to raise about 5 to 10 this year for butchering on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Jenn
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Not to mention the BBW & BBB are easier to find than heritage turkeys.
     
  7. AprilAWZ

    AprilAWZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Which heritage breed did you butcher last year?
     
  8. nadams4

    nadams4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, very helpful!

    Do you buy them as juvenile poults or day old chicks?

    I have found that the chicks are much cheaper, but harder to get started...
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I did bourbon reds for this past thanksgiving - heritage breed. They were good but they look more like a big chicken instead of those big breasted turkeys we are accustomed to at the grocery stores.

    My former inlaws had the bronze turkeys - gorgeous birds! I love to watch the toms strut!
     
  10. Cuban Longtails

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    I always got day olds, or older because sometimes they would have been in the bin at the farm & ranch store for longer (sometimes even a week!).
     

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