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What age to butcher turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Amigatec, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Amigatec

    Amigatec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is 6 months to young to butcher or should I wait until they arte older?
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    are they BB's or heritage, if BB's go ahead, if heritage pluck a few feathers on the breast then pinch the skin if its almost paper thin wait, if thicker, non transparent and a layer of fat go ahead
     
  3. Amigatec

    Amigatec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These will be heritage breeds.
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    those can go 8 months, even over a year. what breed
     
  5. Amigatec

    Amigatec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking at buyng Narraganset or Bourbon Red. I plan buy some this spring.
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    you do know that if you free range them they take a bit longer, with the reds 7 months is a good size tom, i've raised them, the narragansets are a bit bigger but 7 months should work good too. I'm getting sweetgrass this spring, they are supose to get up to 30 lb toms will see, i'm to get one of the first shipment out of Porters
     
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  7. Amigatec

    Amigatec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I probably won't free range these, I plan to buy a 10X10X6 ft dog kennel to keep them in.

    I don't want a big tom something in the 10-12 lb range.
     
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  8. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    then get the reds, the toms are about that size, hens a bit smaller have you ever had turks before? if not have/get some chick (up to 10 days) about the same time they help teach the turks to eat and drink, works great.
     
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    my bourbon reds can hop out of a six foot run no problem. I put tarps over the entire top of their run to keep them in.
     
  10. Amigatec

    Amigatec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This will be my first time with Turkeys. I want to eat a REAL turkey instead of these cardboard store bought versions.
     

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