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7 hours ago, boog said:

Best of luck. Curious as to how much experience  you have had raising turkeys? Frie d's family use to raise them, from listening to some of his experiences they have to be ne of, if not the dumbest, critter God ever created. Hope it works out for you.

I’ve always heard they are stupid, and get pretty mean right before leaving.

I don’t have a lot of experience. They have flock supervisors to help lead the way. 
I got interested in it doing water treatment for poultry farmers tht used lake water to supply the barns. Talked with a slew of different people, just so I didn’t get a lopsided response.

best I can tell, there’s money to made, but you aren’t going to set the world in fire.

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8 hours ago, sandhiller said:

On a halfways sorta semi related note. 

I read where turkeys will be at record prices for Thanksgiving this year. 

We normally eat beef at the holidays but my mom always insisted on Turkey for Turkey Day. 

Usually just stepped outside and shot one. 

When the boys heard the "boom", they started getting their appetites on😄

Yeah, poultry prices are high. But I don’t think the “grower” (me) sees any benefit  on that, just the bigger company with the processing plants 😁

 

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The guy I get my turkey litter fertilizer from makes pretty decent money from just that. I would think that with fertilizer prices what they are, you shouldn't have trouble getting rid of what you generate. His truck is an IH ex-concrete rig that he put a used litter body on. I can hear him coming literally 2 miles away. 

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2 hours ago, zleinenbach said:

Yeah, poultry prices are high. But I don’t think the “grower” (me) sees any benefit  on that, just the bigger company with the processing plants 😁

 

May be able to focus on that in the future and set up an on-farm processing plant. Direct to consumer market. Many restaurants are going that route with fresh produce, too 

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38 minutes ago, Art From Coleman said:

Gotta come up with the money, and get one for Christmas, and then hope to h3ll that I don't screw it up cooking it.

I found an excellent recipe for smoking a turkey, it was delicious!! Citrus stuffed turkey on the grill. That was the name of the recipe.

 

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22 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Sometimes Wild Turkey is good....

The Bourbon? Or the actual bird🤣😅😉

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4 hours ago, yellowrosefarm said:

The guy I get my turkey litter fertilizer from makes pretty decent money from just that. I would think that with fertilizer prices what they are, you shouldn't have trouble getting rid of what you generate. His truck is an IH ex-concrete rig that he put a used litter body on. I can hear him coming literally 2 miles away. 

Yep you are right. But, in case my wife is watching this, there’s not much money to be made and any and all cash payments for that will be directly handed over to her for safekeeping.

will not be used to fill the coffers of Zach’s rathole money 😁😁😁

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1 hour ago, Alan Dinan said:

I found an excellent recipe for smoking a turkey, it was delicious!! Citrus stuffed turkey on the grill. That was the name of the recipe.

 

Mountain Dew chicken.  Put an open can up in the bird as you roast.   Yummy!

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2 hours ago, zleinenbach said:

Yep you are right. But, in case my wife is watching this, there’s not much money to be made and any and all cash payments for that will be directly handed over to her for safekeeping.

will not be used to fill the coffers of Zach’s rathole money 😁😁😁

OK, I'm sure my guy is just doing it to get rid of an unwanted mess and barely covers the cost of fuel in the truck for what it sells for.  😉  Better?

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16 hours ago, yellowrosefarm said:

OK, I'm sure my guy is just doing it to get rid of an unwanted mess and barely covers the cost of fuel in the truck for what it sells for.  😉  Better?

That’s perfect. Stealing that!

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I've raised a few Turkey's here myself, just for us, they were a fun bird to have around. Ours were just free range around the yard, as they got older they would peck at visitors, almost like guard dogs. I don't have the building here to keep them year round and breed them, maybe someday. 20210921_112158.thumb.jpg.08eef25c7674124ba2f8f7625008eeea.jpg

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19 minutes ago, DT Fan said:

My experience with the birds is that the breast is always goo. The legs are inedible!

True. We don’t even save them honestly on a wild bird. 

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When I worked for the generator company we had a number of farm operations as customers. Raising large numbers of animals in confinement is really something to see in person if you never have. And, as in this article, the effects of disease, bad food, etc can take out your whole crop. I'm curious as to how this affects the grower when the birds actually belong to someone else.

https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/iowa-bird-flu-case-forces-killing-of-nearly-54000-turkeysIowa bird flu case forces killing of nearly 54,000 turkeys

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Considering the good old butterball was around .50/lb last year and free range organic was pushing $8.00 I wonder where the line gets drawn on profitability. 

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39 minutes ago, yellowrosefarm said:

When I worked for the generator company we had a number of farm operations as customers. Raising large numbers of animals in confinement is really something to see in person if you never have. And, as in this article, the effects of disease, bad food, etc can take out your whole crop. I'm curious as to how this affects the grower when the birds actually belong to someone else.

https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/iowa-bird-flu-case-forces-killing-of-nearly-54000-turkeysIowa bird flu case forces killing of nearly 54,000 turkeys

The avian bird flu is the nasty one.

close the curtains, turn off fans, with a little help the whole farm is destroyed. 
its not a pleasant experience, hope to never deal with it.

they’ve said that’s the major difference between making money and just getting by, keeping close eye on animal health.

same as people really, shove a bunch of people on an airplane and someone is bound to get sick…..

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