August 4, 2009
Our turkey hen, Drumstick, was killed today by a neighbors dog who dug under our fence. (The neighbor is a friend, and is quite repentant)  She was 2 1/2 years old and weighed in at 40 pounds at the time of her demise. The dog disembowled her, but she was still alive so Sparrow had to euthanize her. She was a great old bird, who really thought she was a dog. She came when she was called, and would put her head in your lap to be scratched. We'll miss you Drumstick...

Turkey, From Chick to Charcoal


turkey chick

We've added a pair of turkeys to our brooder. Here's one just a day old!

Here's two turkeys, graduated to the outside

Here's the two turkeys, graduated to outside.


turkey just after having a drink from the automatic waterer

Just took a drink!


June 4, 2007

turkey closeup

Only a month old, and they're 8 pounds!

turkey growing up!

Drumstick and Wishbone are getting big. These two guys sure like mugging for the camera!


July 16, 2007

Turkeys are getting big!

3 weeks old

Our Turkeys keep growing and growing!

Fattening up the turkeys

November 13, 2007 Feeding cracked corn to fatten them up!

50+ pounds of grade A prime, Thanksgiving dinner.



Hilary's turkey artwork

This is a colorized pen and ink drawing my son Hilary did. It's a self portrait!

November 15, 2007

turkey gallows

This is the gallows with electric winch we'll use to hang up the turkey  so we can bleed it. The winch was needed, as the turkey is too heavy for us to pick up!.

November 19, 2007

Plucking the turkey


It was turkey culling day today, Sparrow did the deed, then Hilary and Debbie plucked him.  Debbie got the job of cleaning him! Wishbone's, dressed weight, as measured on a very accurate digital scale, came to 45.7 pounds! Much bigger then  your normal store-bought bird to be sure!

Made it up!


November 22, 2007

5am and the turkey is on the grill

It's 5 am in the morning, and the turkey is on the grill. It's going to be an all day cook fest. I figure 8 or so hours for this huge bird! (It just barely fits!) We tried to get a cooking time for our bird from several web sites. Each one of them came back with a java script error because they couldn't handle a 45 pound bird!

4.5 hours into the cooking

4 1/2 hours into the cooking, we've covered the legs and wings. Can't wait to start carving this bird!


Time to Eat!


Cooking took just over 7 hours (it's a tad faster on the gas grill. Here are the drumsticks for Hilary, and the rest for everyone else.

  Cooked turkey

The bird was very flavorful and tender, however  we found that 45 pounds is really too large. It was a struggle to get everything cooked evenly. The drums and wings actually fell off on their own after about 4 1/2 hours of cooking The rest was cooked until the breast meat temp was 180 degrees.

All in all, an enjoyable and educational experiment in country living.

Next  year, we'll be ordering out!

Turkey eggs, showing the size difference with chicken eggs

Our turkey hen has started laying eggs. Here's an example of two turkey eggs, next to some chicken eggs for size comparison. I hear they are great for baking!

Now that's a big turkey egg!

Our turkey hen has been laying about every 2 or 3 days now. Her eggs keep getting bigger and bigger! Those are two turkey eggs to the left and two chicken eggs to the right.