The weekend before Christmas on a not so horribly freezing day Ron and I butchered 4 small toms to put in the freezer. When dressed out they were all about 8 lbs and just the perfect size for the 3 of us. Now we are down to 7 turkeys, 3 toms and 4 hens. I though we had 2 toms and 5 hens but the other day I discovered that what I thought was a hen is a tom. If we had know that when we butchered the others we would have done one more.
This group will be used for breeding and then late this summer after I get plenty of poults they will get butchered and start the cycle over. All three toms are different breeds and the hens are 2 different breeds. Don't ask me what they are because I have no idea except for one Tom who is a Bourbon Red.
So for my first year butchering turkeys we ended up butchering 6, not bad for a first timer.