Raising a Holiday Turkey

You could always buy one at the supermarket of course, but raising a holiday Turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas will yield tastier meat.



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The author with two "started" poults.
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holiday turkey - a grand old tom
Think of a holiday turkey and maybe a grand old tom like this comes to mind.
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holiday turkey - M.H. Salmon holding poult
Author M.H. Salmon holds a six-week-old bronze poult.
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holiday turkey - six week old poults
Young poults like these benefit from scratching around in a free-range pen.
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holiday turkey - Bud Salmon with poult
Three-year-old Bud Salmon with a six-week-old bronze poult.
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holiday turkey - adult tom turkey
A tom turkey can reach 25 pounds in five months.
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