Posted Sep 08, 2015
The broad breasted white turkey is your typical Thanksgiving turkey you will find in stores. If you have the chance by one from a local pasture based farm this Thanksgiving. You will never go back to that frozen mass market bird again. Yes the one you get from your local farmer will probably cost you $100-150 but it will be well worth it..provided you don't over cook it!
There is something about a bird getting a good chunk of its nutrition from forage that gives it an unmatched taste that no confinement bird can match.
If you decide to raise your own here are a few things to consider. Yes it will take longer to get you that 20 pound carcus. Yes it will be expensive to raise (why do you think farmers charge $150 for a 20 pounder?). Grow them from day out birds in the spring and harvest your own come fall. Even if you aren't the homesteader type, It makes a great story and your kids will always remember it. Heck it might become a tradition! If you decide to grow a few, raise a couple extra because one or 2 might die and you can always give or sell a few to your neighbors.
If you ever raised chickens just think of them as bigger chickens. Oh and yes they are blind for the first few days! They need clean water, a lot of feed, and then pastured pens or electro-net to keep them confined.