If you would like to raise your own organic turkeys for the holidays, now is the time to get started. If you begin now you will be ready to harvest your own organic turkey in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. You will first need to decide which breed you would prefer raising and then decide if you want to try incubating eggs and raising the young or if your would rather buy young poults and raise them. Poults are young turkeys that are 5 or 6 weeks old. Trying to raise them from incubating eggs is not always successful , I have always heard that even if you start with poults and want to end up with one or two turkeys for eating that it is best to start with four or five poults and then hope you can get three all the way to butchering. For information on choosing breeds, feeding, diseases, pests and care Country Farm shares loads of info to get you started.
Once you have raised them and it is time to harvest your birds, you will have another choice. You will have to decide if you will do the butchering your self or have it done for you. If you do decide to butcher your own turkeys this will walk you through the process. Butchering Turkeys – Graphic Photo Documentary. This method also works for chickens and is a bit less stressful for both the bird and the person doing the butchering than just chopping off the head and watching them afterwards. If you have no plans to ever butcher your own birds then please don’t follow the link. It is very graphic and am in-depth look at the process of butchering your own poultry. I really would rather not have folks getting mad because they saw it, so that is the reason for the double warning. It is very graphic.
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