Have you ever seen a turkey's beard? You probably know that they have waddles, snoods, caruncles - but beards?
A turkey beard is a clump of feathers that appears on the breast of a mature turkey. It's indication means the bird has matured to a full size and is ready for processing. Under that beard is a nice healthy layer of fat as the final growth development.
Voila! You have a natural self-basting turkey.
The key is raising them till maturity which is generally 24-28 weeks.
Wondering what a waddle is? Or it's purpose? Check in next week and I'll explain the waddle and the snood.
Ain't life great!