We start day-old turkey poults in the summer so they are ready for Thanksgiving! We are raising both heritage birds (blacks) as well as the more common breed, broad breasted whites, the traditional turkey found during the holidays.  What is a “heritage turkey”?  Heritage birds are slow growing. They reach market weight at about 20 weeks versus 15 weeks for BBW.  They can reproduce naturally, unlike the broad breasted whites. Heritage birds also have a long productive outdoor lifespan and are active foragers. We raise toms and hens to ensure a variety of sizes. BBW toms usually have a finished weight of about 25#+ and hens average closer to 18#. Heritage birds range from 14 - 23#.  Our flocks are started indoors until fully feathered, then moved to pasture. Turkeys forage as they move around the pasture and their diet is supplemented with organic grains from a local mill. Turkeys are processed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and available for pick-up the same day, ensuring freshness.

The turkeys of Lucky Star Farm were featured on season 10 of Iowa Ingredient on Iowa PBS! Click here to view the five minute segment.


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