November 25, 2009 – Turkeys Ready to Go

Today’s the day.  The day we butcher turkeys on the farm for the first time.

Here are some toms showing off their handsome looks.

It was a cold day – in fact snowing by the time we finished.  We set up under the newly constructed porch in the hog barn – it blocked the wind and kept the drizzle and snow off us.  We did eleven turkeys.  The verdict on the process was a fairly good thumbs up.  We used a 5 gallon bucket as a killing cone which worked well enough.  The 32 quart turkey cooker we use as a scalding vessel worked ok for turkeys up to 20 lbs or so.  The biggest ones needed to be dunked first headfirst and then tail first.

one year ago…”Waiting for Turkeys”