Its really really really early to think about Thanksgiving turkeys. However, we have a limited supply and we are likely to have a much greater demand come September than we can potentially meet. So, if you are interested in purchasing your Thanksgiving turkey from us, please email us NOW so we can reserve a turkey for you.
This year we have Bronze turkeys. They are almost 2.5 weeks old now and are really doing nicely. They run and chase bugs, chatter at me, and are generally wonderful little birds. We will be moving them out onto pasture in another week or week and a half as they feather out. Because we started them in June and not July, they will be about 24 weeks old when we process them. To put this in perspective, last year we processed our white turkeys at 15 weeks. The tom turkeys dressed out at 25-29 pounds each. The hens last year were 17-21 pounds. So...we are going to have some BIG turkeys this Thanksgiving.
I may purchase some more turkey poults from a friend who has heritage birds. They forage well, but they grow slowly. The heritage birds have more dark meat, much less breast meat and have a richer, gamey flavor. I still prefer to eat the Bronze turkeys over the heritage turkeys. The big difference is whether the birds were raised on pasture or raised in confinement, and not the breed, in my opinion. Yes, the commercial breeds have been selected to grow incredibly fast and they get so heavy that they cant reproduce. However, they are hybrid birds and you wouldnt want to keep them as breeding stock anyway.
If you want a smaller bird to fry, let me know ASAP so I can reserve a heritage bird for you. They are more expensive, but they are smaller. $6.50 a pound for Heritage Turkey. $4.50 a pound for our Bronze Turkeys. The Bronze will be pretty darn big by Thanksgiving. If you want a smaller bird, we can process them sooner and freeze them. They will be tender and wonderful for Thanksgiving after you thaw them. If you want a big old fashioned roaster and lots of leftovers, well, then our Bronze birds are for you!