Turkey processing

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Steve_of_sandspoultry, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    We had some friends come over today for their 1st ever processing. I didn't think it would, but everything went very very well. Didn't get as many pics as I wanted since we were helping them alot. We did a Midget White for us and a Beltsville for them.

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    plucking

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    Steve
     
  2. MovieFanz

    MovieFanz Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have a picture of the finished product? What are the ages and finished weights?
     
  3. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice I'd like to see a close up of the forth pic to see the expressions on the faces of the birds in the back ground. I processed my Scovie drake today and I swear the rest of the flock got the heck out of dodge for a while till I was done. lol Good job though, how entertaining was that couple you were helping ?
     
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Darn Steve, a $75 broad ax and a $75 cast iron wash pot.... That's butchering with CLASS! Mine just get a sharp knife and a stock pot. I'm jealous.
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Golly I want an axe like that. . . . Very nice!
     
  6. leoismydog

    leoismydog Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes nice hatchet never saw one with a wide blade like that, I dry plucked the one turkey today not to bad but man there's a ton of the little new (just starting to develope type) feathers still on him any good way to get then gone, There barely big enough to get a hold of almost need tweezers to get em. it was a bourbon so there dark and you can see them, I was plucking longer than anything else. I need me one of them plucker things.
     
  7. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    Quote:I use a long lighter to burn them off quickly and then rinse.
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    The axe I got on ebay years ago. The camp hatchet just didn't make it for turkeys and geese. The guy that was selling it was a furniture maker and the handle is offset, I think they call it a hewing axe or something like that but I got it $10 or 15. The was pot was the same way, I picked it up at a yard sale. They were using it as a flower planter.

    Steve
     
  9. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the pot and axe! I use my 80qt crawfish pot and a pocket knife to cut the throat. It is light and the propane is easy to controll the heat. My 13yr old daughter and I butchered a nise st bronze to this weekend. I always butcher out of view of my other birds. My wifes uncle killed a turkey in front of the others 2 years ago, the rest of the flock took off that day never to be seen again![​IMG] Glad we got it done because today we are going up to 78deg and humid. The weather is really messing up my deer and hog hunting!
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If you can do it safely, and I'm thinking of windy days or when it is very dry as danger points, a crumbled up newspaper burns quickly and pretty hot. Just drag the carcass through the flames. With bit of practice, I find it works pretty well on chickens. Have not tried it on turkeys yet.

    Steve, I do plan on ordering some eggs after Christmas.
     

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