|Our three littlest ones looking at the turkeys|
Some considerations are space. How much space does it take to raise, say, a dozen turkeys? Feed type. Would we want to do organic, or free range, or standard, or what? Market. These birds, when finished, bring in potentially $80 each. At that price, is there any market for them in this corner of the world? If not, how far owuld we have to go to sell them? Regulations. There are always government regulations, but I assume, from the little I know about it, that we'd have to use an FDA approved locker. If we do that, rather than butchering them ourselves, there is another added cost.
So at this point we are not raising Heritage turkeys. But we've thought about it.
I thought that perhaps we could get a couple, just to raise for practice, then if we ever decided to pursue the idea further, we'd have that experience under our belts.
With that in mind, when Joe called the Fleet Supply in Bemidji to find out about chickens, he asked about turkeys, too. He found out that they can special order the Eastern Wild, so we'd need to get a full dozen.
|Inge is very curious|
When I got home, I checked the website and the Bronze birds they sell are the Broad Breasted Bronze. So we still do not have Heritage Turkeys. But we have turkeys and we will have fun with them and learn as we go along.
|Inge letting a poult eat from her hand|