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Since You Asked: Can Your Turkeys Walk?

turkeys love to crowd around visitors, even though they have plenty of room in the back of the barnOnce upon a time, a few years ago, there was a nasty rumor that turkeys are so fat that their legs cannot support their own weight. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up that misconception.

Our turkeys can walk.

If our turkeys couldn’t walk, they would not have access to their food and water, and they would die.  Dead turkeys are of no use to us.  Therefore, turkeys who can’t walk are of no use to us, or anyone in the turkey growing business.

Of course, our turkeys are very large.  They are almost 45 pounds when they go to market, and that’s BIG.
It is illegal to give poultry added hormones and steroids, so how do the birds get so big? Good old fashioned breeding.  Breed a big tom with a big hen and you get a big poult.  Breed a strong legged, big tom with a strong legged, big hen, and you get a strong legged, big poult that can support it’s weight as it grows.

Breeding, combined with a nearly perfect diet, has led to big, meaty turkeys.

End of story.

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  1. This seems like it would be one of those common sense things, doesn't it?

  2. However, you cannot breed a big tom to a big hen by natural mating. The hens are artificially inseminated becasue the tom is too top heavy to mount the female and accomplish the task. A result of traditional breeding methods-----perhaps taken a step too far.

  3. Nice post. Thanks for sharing!