|Turns out, even cats like to make nests. Who would have thunk it?|
|A fresh new roll of hay for winter bedding, were ready!|
Speaking of Turkey Day, my dh and I butchered two turkeys a week or more ago. Nothing different in butchering a turkey, if you have butchered a chicken. Just bigger scale, well - and for Heckle just GIGANTIC scale. So this is how it went... Our first turkeys were Heckle and Jeckle, two BBB (Broad Breasted Bronze) which were to grow for a few months and then be butchered for the table or freezer. Jeckle was butchered for Christmas last year and Heckle quickly became my dh's "pet". The time had come for the friendship to end. Let me just say, BBB Turkey's should NOT be allowed to grow past 4 months time. We decided to go ahead and butcher one of our Spanish Black Turkeys (heritage breed) and Heckle (the BBB). We got everything ready so the whole process would run smoothly as possible. The Spanish Black was killed, butchered and dressed out at 10 pounds. He was actually about a month ahead of his prime butchering time, so we are expecting our other turkeys to dress out somewhere between 12 and 15 pounds when we butcher in mid November. NOW, Heckle on the other hand weighed 50 pounds before he was butchered, after and fully dressed he weighed 40 pounds. Yes, 40 pounds. Can you imagine cooking a 40 pound turkey in your oven for your family for Thanksgiving or any other day? We have decided to saw him in half so we can have a 20 pound turkey at a time. Now clearly we kept him way to long but he was only just starting to show signs of not being able to support his own weight. I would post a picture of him all dressed out, but I might lose a few readers (aka Lori, Kathy and others) if I do.. so I will pass.
Maybe you will enjoy this instead...
(click on the holiday turkey for a great little show)