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Paul and Caroline

  • Joined Apr 2014
Turkey dispatching - captive bolt stunners
« on: January 04, 2020, 10:12:11 am »

I am trying to source a captive bolt stunner to dispatch a very small number of turkeys and they seem to be a numerous as hens teeth (yes I know bad example sorry).

The turkeys will be for our own consumption and I have been shown how to do it by a fully trained and experienced professional. He strongly disagrees with home made stunners (aka baseball bats or bits of 2 x 4) and having seen what has to be done I am in total agreement. (Unfortunately he is now out of the trade and his contacts are no longer trading)

The turkeys I have are currently 12kg+ and growing rapidly and some of the stunners I have seen are very ambiguous when stating maximum bird size - I would much prefer to have far more powerful than I need than not quite powerful enough, If you see what I mean.......

Can anyone help please?
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Mar 2015
  • West Suffolk
    • Notes from a Suffolk Smallholding
Re: Turkey dispatching - captive bolt stunners
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2020, 04:53:01 pm »
I got mine from here for despatching turkeys and was happy with the supplier who gave helpful advice and the captive bolt gun. It was relatively pricey but it does the job effectively.



  • Joined May 2012
Re: Turkey dispatching - captive bolt stunners
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2020, 09:55:21 pm »
We have an Accles and Shelvoke one. Also pricey at about £600 but effective.


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