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#97915 - 07/25/11 12:05 AM What age is best to harvest BBW Toms?
Fishlady Offline
Chick

Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 10
Loc: Oregon
I have 4 BBW turkeys. They are about 4 months old. The Toms are getting quite large but they are still gentle birds and I would like to keep them as long as possible before they must be slaughtered. What are the most important determining factors for this,size or age? Will they be tough if I wait to long?

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#100821 - 12/16/11 01:54 PM Re: What age is best to harvest BBW Toms? [Re: Fishlady]
Big Boy Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/17/02
Posts: 845
Loc: Kansas
I have butchered some at more than a year old and they were still tender albeit that the leg tendons were like bones. Mine grew well but they started having leg problems and so took care of the remaining 3 toms at 14-16 months. Nicholas White strain: the largest tom dressed out at 67 lbs.!

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