Hi I'm new here. I have experience with chickens, ducks and geese. Now I am planning on branching out. I bought an incubator and am incubating some Texas A & M quail eggs but I just recently became interested in hatching some turkey eggs. Specifically Wild Eastern Turkey. I think they're really nice looking birds and I'd actually like to maybe raise some for the Thanksgiving table. Now I have a couple questions: 1. I've read that heritage turkey are ready for the table at about 4 months. Now if they happen to be 4 months old by july/august and I wait until Thanksgiving for harvest, is the meat going to be tougher or something? Or should I try to hatch these birds around july to be ready by the end of November. 2. I'm not too keen on killing my own birds. I have yet to try. i'd rather not do it. Is there someone I can call that will do this for me. Preferably off my property? Is there a name for this person other than butcher or turkey-slaughter-guy? Any advice would be much appreciated!