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sanman

  • Joined May 2009
Turkey Day
« on: December 19, 2009, 08:51:54 pm »
Well yesterday we slaughtered our turkeys!!  We borrowed a cone from the ever helpful Swillington Organic Farm.

Although not an enjoyable experience I must admit to a sense of great satsifaction, that birds we raised from day old chicks had a great life and a stress free death.

We set everything up in our field shelter and the turkeys being such inquisitive birds literally lined up to be 'done'.

Myself and another member who have slaugtered poultry before were in charge of dispatching the birds and even if I say so myself we did an excellent job. It was quick and stress free.

Every member who has a turkey plucked their own bird.  I've advised everyone to hang them until the 23rd before they draw them.

I'm looking forward to recreating the recipe that Hugh cooked for us when he came, details of which can be found

 http://www.channel4.com/services/videoplayer/popup.jsp?name=rc_winter_turkey_a

Happy Christmas everyone!!

Regards Mark

sheila

  • Joined Apr 2008
  • Mablethorpe Lincolnshire
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009, 02:14:51 pm »
Mark, what a wonderful idea. I shall do it next year.I haven't bothered this year about Turkey as I am off to Australia for two months. I hope you will let me pick your brains when I come back? When is the best time to by the young (or eggs) to fatten up for Christmas?
best wishes to you all
sheila xx

sanman

  • Joined May 2009
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2009, 03:34:09 pm »
Hi Sheila

You can normally purchase the day old chicks from July onwards.
We've really enjoyed having the turkeys as its so unusual to see them free range.  They are the most stupid birds but not without charm.

Next year we are going to have geese as well so people can have a choice or both if they wish.  I've plucked about 8 birds now and with that and carrying them backwards and forwards I can hardly lift my arms above shoulder height :o  Who needs the gym  ;D ;D

Merr Christmas to all!!

The Relic

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • County Down
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2009, 06:24:38 pm »
just wondering how long will turkey keep in the fridge. he was killed, plucked, gutted on friday. is he ok in the fridge or should i freeze em. cooking on thursday.

sanman

  • Joined May 2009
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 06:48:39 pm »
It'll be fine in the fridge until Thursday or Friday.

The Relic

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • County Down
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009, 08:39:35 pm »
sound mate

dixie

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2009, 12:59:24 pm »
Well done sanman, we did ours on Saturday too! a real sense of satisfaction raising them from day olds, letting them have a proper free range life ;D   Daft as a brush arent they!! I will miss that lovely chirrup sound they make!

sanman

  • Joined May 2009
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2009, 03:13:22 pm »
Hi Dixie

Yep they are really stupid, but do have charm.  Its really satisfying isn't it?

We will definately have them again next year.

Cheers Mark

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2009, 07:32:53 pm »
just done ours 17.5 and 16.5 lbs very pleased with the smaller one has it had delayed development due to a bad foot.

sam.t

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • goole east yorkshire
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2009, 03:17:04 pm »
we also did ours yesterday smallest 20.5lbs largest 2 weighed 42lbs and 42.5lbs got them at 6weeks old in august did 7 altogether
sam

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2009, 04:29:53 pm »
what were the big ones.

sam.t

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • goole east yorkshire
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2009, 06:54:26 am »
 the larger ones were white ones the smaller 2 were bronze

izard

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2014, 01:47:03 pm »
hello,

u said hugh visited you? was it on one of his shows?


Eve

  • Joined Jul 2010
Re: Turkey Day
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2014, 07:52:52 pm »
Sanman, what size was the cone, please?

 

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