We finally processed the turkeys on Sunday. A friend laughed at me when I told our husbands that I wanted nothing to do with killing them- I was afraid. She said she couldn't believe that I was finally showing a girly side. I proved everyone right when the men tried to kill the first hen. They handled the knife well, but once the convulsions started, she nearly shot out of my husband's grip. She ended up with a nice bruise on her leg, but he held on tight and I felt justified in my fear, especially toward the Tom.
The hens dressed out at 16.5 and 19 lbs. They look deceptively small in this photo. Remember, I can put over 40 chickens in this tub.
Tom was too big to fit in my plucker so we ended up handplucking most of him.
Here I am getting on the bathroom scale with him. My kitchen scale only goes up to 11 lb. That wasn't going to work! He topped the scales at 25.5lbs!
A job well done! Would I do turkeys again? I'm not sure. The poults cost me $10 each. It took about 4 months to raise them. I fed them along with the chickens, but I estimate they cost me about $60-$70 to feed. Plucking and cleaning them wasn't too hard. The large size shrink bags cost a little extra. So in the end, I made about $100 from the 3 birds.
These I did for a friend, but if I do it again, I'm going to have to charge more. And probably then nobody would want one when they look at a $100 price tag on their centerpiece for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Have y'all had experience with turkeys?