Do you care how your Thanksgiving turkey lived? Our Original Fare web series visited an organic turkey farm to see what it's really like. Watch the episode here:
  1. 1.
    The turkeys keep their beaks.
    No beak trimming, which is a common practice. Turkeys are omnivores and when kept in close quarters, can do some serious damage to each other.
  2. 2.
    More space to roam.
    As the turkeys grow they need to be moved to bigger and bigger houses (since they keep their beaks), so they don't injure each other.
  3. 3.
    Turkeys that roam have denser meat.
    By allowing the turkeys outside access and larger pens, the meat is denser; more like body builders than couch potatoes.
  4. 4.
    Sunlight is mandatory.
    Once they survive the first few weeks, turkeys must have access to outside pens where they can play in the dirt, search for bugs, and catch some rays.
  5. 5.
    No Lysine in the feed.
    Lysine is an amino acid and a key component for building bodies. Lysine is typically used to help turkeys grow quickly. Instead, the turkeys have to eat more feed to grow to an equivalent size. Plus organic feed is more expensive, so you begin to understand why you pay more for the organic label: bigger space, more expensive feed, etc.