Raising Turkeys on the Homestead

The best time to begin raising turkeys on the homestead is late May or early June. Learn about what types of turkeys to raise, when a turkey is ready for butchering and how to roast one once the holidays arrive.

Pinching the fat on a turkey to evaluate fat covering
Take a fold of skin between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Examine for thickness and coloration. On a prime turkey, the skin fold is white or yellowish white and quite thick. Well-fattened birds have thick, cream-colored skin, while under-fattened birds have thin skin that is semitransparent and tends to be reddish.
Illustration By Elayne Sears