Would you eat/butcher a young turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chispa76, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Chispa76

    Chispa76 In the Brooder

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    I have a turkey that has a broken leg, not sure it will make it to butcher size. It’s 7 weeks or so. Is it even worth it trying to butcher it or should I cull it? Couldn’t find anything about how the meat of young birds is. Thank you!!
     
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  2. How big is it? If it weighs enough and you're willing I think it would be okay to butcher it so its life is not wasted.
     
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  3. ShannonR

    ShannonR Songster

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    Eat it
     
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  4. Chispa76

    Chispa76 In the Brooder

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    It’s not huge, maybe as big as a chicken. But I will then, thank you!!
     
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  5. As big as a chicken sounds perfect actually. Good luck. And i am sorry you have to sacrifice it so young.
     
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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Make a decent meal if not for a huge party better than wasting it
     
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  7. Chispa76

    Chispa76 In the Brooder

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    Thank you! I feel bad but I rather butcher it than just cull it and for it to go to waste. It’s been a bad weekend. Got a quail with a prolapsed vent, one got picked on by the others, a guinea run away from my garage and now this turkey. Hopefully no more injured/lost birds for a long time!!
     
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  8. I hope no more bird problems for you too.
     
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