Cottage Farm Turkeys
Cottage Farm Turkeys
To order call 01959 533711
For all other enquiries Call 01959 532506
About The Farm
We rear turkeys that come from old-fashioned breeds. We grow our birds slowly to full maturity and we feed them on a natural, cereal-based diet. We let the birds roam in the fields from dawn until dusk. Importantly we do not use antibiotics or artificial growth promoters.
The turkeys arrive on farm as day old chicks from a local hatchery, the only transport of their lives! They are housed in specialist “brooding” sheds for the first 5 weeks where they are kept at 30 degrees to start with as they have no feathers to keep them warm.
As the feathers grow and they start to “harden” the heat is reduced until they are ready at around 5 weeks old to be moved into the Pole barns.
Home Sweet Home
Turkeys are naturally inquisitive and love to explore their surroundings, making the most of fallen apples in the orchard and playing in dust baths they create under the old oak tree – so similar to that of their wild cousins of the North American forests!
At night they are tucked up in the safety of spacious Pole barns, on deep straw beds, away from the elements and our friend Mr Fox.
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The Big Day
Our turkeys are dry plucked and game hung in a temperature controlled chiller for ten days to let the meat mature. After hanging, they are eviscerated, with the giblets packed separately for making the best gravy. Each bird is then trussed and weighed before being wrapped in grease proof paper and placed in individual boxes with a pop up timer, cooking instructions and recipe ideas for leftovers!
We rear turkey poults from June to September and can deliver them as hardy growers at 4-6 weeks old.
Please contact us to find out more about our chicks.
Phil Baxter, our founder, was a schoolteacher in Halstead, Kent with a passion for being entirely self-sufficient.
In 1976 whilst pursuing the “good life” he decided to rear a turkey for his Christmas dinner. He purchased three eggs which he lovingly nurtured in his bedroom! Having proved a great success, in 1977 he reared a further 20 birds for the enjoyment of family and friends.
1978 saw the birth of Cottage Farm Turkeys which has since become a highly successful business, dealing in Day Old chicks through to Growers which Phil’s son Jody now supplies to farmers countrywide in addition to rearing our own turkeys for sale exclusively through our Butchery at Polhill Garden Centre.