Which to butcher first, hen or tom?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Hummingbird Hollow, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Songster

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    I have 6 29 week old Bourbon Red turkeys, all destined for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. As luck would have it I have 4 toms and 2 hens.

    I don't have much help with the butchering for several more weeks, but I believe that the tom to hen ration is stressing out the poor hens because every day as soon as Iet them out into their big enclosure the hens fly over the fence into the chicken run. The toms then spend the rest of the day strutting back and forth along the fence, all puffed up and masculine but the hens couldn't care less.

    I have a friend who is willing to come over the day after tomorrow to help me butcher two of them. Would you suggest that I take two of the toms, leaving a 2/2 ratio or should I just do the two hens and solve the problem that way?

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