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Need meat turkey info

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Azriel, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Azriel

    Azriel Songster

    Jun 19, 2010
    So, I;m not sure I'm ready to jump into having turkeys here all the time, so I was thinking of just getting a few of the BB either white or bronze from one of the local feed stores. I know they won't grow as fast as the meat chickens, but how long does it take them to get to butcher size, and can they be butchered at a smaller size and still have some meat on them? I would like something smaller for my self, maybe 10-12# dressed, but I also need bigger ones for my BF's Mom, and my co-workers.

  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    My DD's showed the white market turkeys for 4-H. We would get them around March 1 so they would be ready by the end of Aug. fair. Our turkeys would weigh around 40-50lbs. I thought they would be really tough but they were delicious. So 24 weeks gets you that weight, so if you want smaller birds, just butcher sooner. I will tell you that a 10-12lb turkey will not have much meat on them. They are just not mature enough at that weight. :thumbsup

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