Once upon a time, a few years ago, there was a nasty rumor that turkeys are so fat that their legs cannot support their own weight.
I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up that misconception.
Our turkeys can walk.
If our turkeys couldn’t walk, they would not have access to their food and water, and they would die. Dead turkeys are of no use to us. Therefore, turkeys who can’t walk are of no use to us, or anyone in the turkey growing business.
Of course, our turkeys are very large. They are almost 45 pounds when they go to market, and that’s BIG.
It is illegal to give poultry added hormones and steroids, so how do the birds get so big? Good old fashioned breeding. Breed a big tom with a big hen and you get a big poult. Breed a strong legged, big tom with a strong legged, big hen, and you get a strong legged, big poult that can support it’s weight as it grows.
Breeding, combined with a nearly perfect diet, has led to big, meaty turkeys.
End of story.