Our Turkeys and How We Sex Them

We finally got our turkeys ordered for this year. I think this is the latest we’ve ever gotten them. I guess it’s better late than never, right?

In past years we’ve always raised broad breasted bronze turkeys. Up until last year, we got them at the feed store every year. For some reason last year, the area feed stores quit carrying them so we started ordering online. We’ve had a tough time finding a place that will ship a small order of turkeys. Most places have a minimum order of 15 to 25 and we definitely don’t need that many! Some places will allow you to combine turkeys and chicks to make up a minimum order but right now we don’t need any chicks either. We want to wait another month or two before we get our fall meat birds. Luckily we found a place that would allow small orders and we went ahead and ordered them.

This year we got Royal Palms, which is a heritage breed. We’re considering keeping a pair if we have one of each, and trying to breed and hatch out our own for next year. That way we don’t have to worry about ordering them.

We think it’s always fun to try to find out what sex the turkeys are. Brooke and I ran onto a post online one time that talked about how to sex turkeys. We don’t know if it’s exactly a true and reliable way to tell but so far we’ve always managed to tell the difference correctly 100% of the time. Check out the video to see how we do it.

 

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