We are slowly looking at downsizing the Florida House to prepare it for sale, which means that the number of animals we keep needs to be reduced. The number of turkeys we have is much higher than it needs to be. I remember the day we bought the first turkeys and they told us they had over 30 birds… I thought they were nuts…. little did I know, that soon we would be in the same boat! It’s time to do a little processing of turkeys.
When Philip asked me how may I thought we should butcher I pointed to the largest cage and said all of them! So we did, 9 turkeys total, two toms and 7 hens.
Skinning Makes for Fast Turkey Processing
For faster processing of the turkeys, we opted to skin out these birds rather than pluck them. We were planning on piecing out all the turkey and not keep any whole. It does make the process go a bit faster. These nine turkeys provided us with 63.66 pounds of meat.
Love of Science
I have always loved science, even as a girl, when my dad butchered, I was always playing in the organs trying to see how it all worked. The eggs below were removed from a hen. All the stages of eggs inside the hen is fascinating to me.
Yes, We Love Animals
One comment that has always bothered me from people is when they say, “oh I could never butcher animals, I love animals too much.” Let me reassure you that we don’t love animals any less, however, we respect the purpose of our animals. We enjoy them while we have them and we take good care of them but the purpose of our meat animals is to provide food. We raise them for that purpose.
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About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.