Turkey-raising for profit?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by babalubird, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. babalubird

    babalubird Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Questions for those of you who market your turkeys?

    Do you raise and breed them all year or do you just buy either eggs/babies a certain time of the year, raise them all at once for the Christmas/Thanksgiving feasters?

    How do you market and who to? Do you sell live, butcher yourself or send first to a processor?

    We are looking to profit as much as possible. What is our best route?

    Many questions.


  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    We sell hatching eggs and poults local in the spring. We have a route set up with some local feed stores and we go each Saturday morning to a different store and we sell from the farm as well.

    We tried the holiday turkey route and for us it was more trouble than it was worth, nobody want to order a turkey in the spring when you are hatching so you don't really know how many to hatch. Plus people will cancel if you can get them to order.

    Actually this year we turned a nice profit on our birds.

    Steve in NC
  3. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    To make your highest profit you will need to breed and raise your own poults each year, unless you are doing a small scale under 25 birds a year.
    What we do is keep all of the early hatches for our selves some for the market and others to replace our breeding stock for the next year. After we have what we need for grow out and breeding stock replacements we then sell all of the poults. This usually starts in late spring early summer. We also sell hatching eggs in this same time frame.
  4. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    We used to buy broad breasted poults every spring and raise them up to butcher . We have started hatching out our own heritage turkeys. It can be rather profitable. The heritage breeds are much better than the broad breasted ones. We have white holland and bronze. We hatch them out in the spring and butcher in the fall. We let them free range, and market them as pastured heritage turkey. When the heritage turkeys are aloud to free range they do not eat very much feed. We get $3.00 per pound. They are fairly easy to dress out. The
    one problem as someone else mentioned is people who order one and then back out. We usually sell all of ours because right before thanksgiving lots of people call and want one. Heritage turkeys are far more profitable than broad breasted turkeys.
  5. Country Gal

    Country Gal Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    Great topic! I just raised 6 turkeys this year, kept two for ourselves and sold the other four. My husband wants to up it to 12-15 next year. We sold them for $2 per pound, and we weren't profitable, but that's most likely due to the racoons breaking into the coop at night and eating all the food... defintely need to improve the coop next year...

    The people that purchased our birds this year were VERY impressed with the size (our smallest dressed at 23# and the largest at 33#). And after hearing the stories after Thanksgiving, I have plenty of others interested for next year... we purchased ours from McMurray in one of their "barnyard packages" so we didn't have an option on breed. We ended up with (2) white giants, (1) chocolate, and (2) black ones that I couldn't identify.

  6. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    If you buy your poults and take them to a butcher you can expect to cost you around $ 2.50 a lb to raise your self. You can cut these costs down by hatching your own, do all the butchering yourself,and growing quality grains and foods for the turkeys to eat. I would say you could almost cut that in half to close to 1.25 a lb, if everything went right as it never does.
  7. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Great questions, Connie! I am into planning right now for next year too I had the SAME questions [​IMG]
    Thanks for the responses, guys!!
  8. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Quote:Envy...envy...envy. [​IMG] I wish I had enough land to grow my own feed. I also wish it were legal here to slaughter and sell off the farm. Right now, the most accessible USDA processor is in Mississippi. We're trying to push for one here though. If it works out, I have at least two farms willing to buy poults. In the meantime, I'll breed what I can, send them with some other birds to the processor and sell to restaurants (fingers crossed).

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