Every Thanksgiving since 2015 when I started raising heritage turkeys in 2015, I’ve shared a photo of my “pardoned” Tom turkey. I just love how they look, their personalities and their classic gobble. This year is different. I made the hard decision to not overwinter any turkeys, even my beloved Jefferson who many of you have come to know here on IG. I’ve loved sharing photos for with @ & meeting other fellow turkey lovers. I will raise turkeys again, but most likely not to breed, just for meat. 🦃 .
If you’re still reading this & have viewed the second photo, that’s the “before & after” aspect of this post. (He dressed out at 20lbs - very good for a heritage breed.) Yes, I’m one who grows attached to my animals and yet when the time comes, I will also process them myself. How? I don’t really consider them “pets”, so when that time comes, I chose to transition my mindset of that of an animal who’s lived a good life to providing food for my family or someone else. Yes, it’s still difficult to end their life, but that’s all part of the life cycle. One has to die or sacrifice part of itself to give life to another - whether it be a plant or animal. And I believe that’s part of why we celebrate Thanksgiving - spending time with those we love and feasting around a bountiful table ... a celebration of the life we have thanks to those that have sacrificed and for all the blessings we have from God.