I'm raising some turkeys now and will have our first bird for eating on Thanksgiving. I also have an extra tom that I offered up for purchase for a holiday dinner. It's only been about an hour since I've advertised it (10pm) and I've already had 3 inquiries - all asking if I can process the bird for them. From what understand, I can't sell processed meat for human consumption in the state of CA without a license and it would have to be processed at USDA inspected facility, anyway. So, I figured I'd sell it live without a problem. If people want to buy live animals as meat but don't know how to process it, what can be done? Do I say "not my problem" or can I process it for "free" or what? Ack. What do I tell these people?! I've processed rabbit, chicken, and quail but never turkey. This Thanksgiving will be my first time ever preparing turkey starting with a live animal. How do I do it? My neighbor says that with turkeys, you just can't chop off their heads or cut their carotid artery. She says you have to pith them or they'll turn out tough. Is that true? I've never pithed before. I don't know how or if I can even do it. Help?! P.S. I've also been asked how much the turkey will weigh dressed. How do I estimate dressed weight for turkey? Is it 1/3 their live weight? How many days before Thanksgiving should I process it? Then what? Soak in salt water in the fridge? For how long?