These juveniles will be 6-12 weeks old and are ready to go straight into the coop.
The Broad Breasted White (or Bronze) is commercially the most widely used breed of domesticated turkey. These birds have shorter breast bones and larger breasts, sometimes rendering them unable to breed without human assistance (typically via artificial insemination). They produce more breast meat and their pin feathers are less visible when the carcass is dressed due to their white color. These properties have made the breed popular in commercial turkey production but enthusiasts of slow food argue that the development of this breed and the methods in commercial turkey production have come at a cost of less flavor.
These birds are grown in large, fully automated grow-out barns, which may house as many as 10,000 birds. The growing process for these birds has been so well refined, the birds often grow to larger than 40 lbs. Because of their size, they are prone to health problems associated with being overweight (due to excess muscle), such as heart disease, respiratory failure and joint damage.
We have found value in raising Broad Breasted turkeys because they have the ability to produce a large amount of lean, great tasting, healthy meat in a short period of time. If raised in a more natural environment with space to roam the health problems to our birds have had no negative health effects.
We offer butchering services as long as we are under our 2,000 bird farm exemption. We also offer Meat Pen Services for those of you looking to compete in 4-H or FFA. Please contact us for details.
Please note that the loss rate is much higher in young turkey poults than it is with chicks of the same age. We recommend that you order 1.5X the number of adult birds you would like to end up with. Our 7 day guarantee doesn't apply to turkeys but our live arrival in shipping does.