Thanksgiving FAQ

The Thanksgiving season is one of our busiest holidays. Unlike other popular holidays like Christmas and Easter, Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States by all religions and ethnic groups. To help streamline information, we put together a frequently asked questions guide to help.

This guide was written for new customers or those who wish to do a little research before purchasing one of our birds.

We recommend that anyone who has questions about their Thanksgiving order first read this guide before calling, as it can reduce the load on our phone lines.

Use the table below to determine the size turkey you will need. Generally, two children under the age of 10 equal one adult portion. The “Recommended For” section suggests the size turkey you should get and includes leftovers. Once you determine how many people are being served, see the left of the chart for the size bird we recommend.


Size (Pounds) Recommended For (Including Leftovers)
10 – 12 lbs. 5 – 6 People
12 – 14 lbs. 6 – 7 People
14 – 16 lbs. 7 – 8 People
16 – 18 lbs 8 – 9 People
18 – 20 lbs. 9 – 12 People
20 – 22 lbs. 10 – 14 People
22 – 24 lbs. 12 – 16 People
24 – 26 lbs. 14 – 18 People
26 – 28 lbs. 16 – 20 People
28 – 30 lbs. 18 – 22 People
30 – 32 lbs. 20 – 24 People



How big of a turkey will fit in a conventional 30″ oven?

Usually up to 30 lbs.

How do I cook a turkey?

See our cooking instructions on this site.


Are your turkeys organic?

No, our turkeys are all natural.  They are freshly processed, free roaming, steroid free, preservative free, hormone free and animal bi-product free. The organic certification process would increase the cost of our products and would not make the flavor any better. We prefer to keep our birds all-natural to provide a fresh product at a sustainable cost.

Can you cook my Thanksgiving Turkey?

No, we do not have the ovens required to cook turkeys for Thanksgiving. However, we do business with several restaurants that purchase our turkeys and would love to cook your Thanksgiving dinner. Some of them also prepare side dishes.  If interested, please call after November 1st for recommendations.

Do your Turkeys taste better than something bought in a supermarket?

Absolutely! We believe the combination of ethical treatment, all-natural free-range farming and overall freshness of our birds make a Goffle Poultry Turkey much better than a turkey found pre-packaged in a supermarket. Even after the holiday is over, customers take the time to let us know what a success their dinner was and how much praise they received from their guests about the delicious turkey.

Doesn’t fresh processed have a game flavor in the meat?

Yes, it is true that fresh killed will have a chewy, gamely texture if cooked within 24 hours of being processed.  However, we have streamlined the process.  The bird you take home will be ready to cook on Thanksgiving, as long as it is picked up Sunday or later.  Simply leave it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.

How much does fresh turkey cost?

Please see our product list, which includes pricing for items such as whole Turkeys, Turkey Breast, and other Turkey parts.

I’m not a fan of Turkey. Do you sell other birds for the holiday?

Yes. We do sell other birds for the holiday, including Capon, which is a chicken with a larger breast, Duck, Goose and Chicken.

Is the retail store open for regular business Thanksgiving week?

While we try to accommodate the needs of our customers, our store is too small to handle much more than pre-ordered pickups that week. Therefore, we may be unable to fill regular orders Thanksgiving week. It is recommended that orders for chicken and other poultry be placed by the Saturday before Thanksgiving, just like orders for Turkey.  We resume regular business when the store reopens on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

What about hot-prepared foods such as Rotisserie Chickens and Pot Pies?

Due to excessive demand on our resources, management feels it is best to withhold cooking rotisseries and pot pies during the height of Thanksgiving week. This includes Sunday through Wednesday. We resume regular business when the store reopens on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

What are your Thanksgiving week hours?

Sunday:     10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.*
Monday:    8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday:    8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Wednesday:    8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Friday:    9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Saturday:    9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
*We are normally closed on Sunday.  We open one Sunday a year during Thanksgiving week for order pickup.

What is better, a Hen or a Tom?

We believe hens are the best breast meat yield. It is almost impossible to have a hen above 28 lbs., so anything above 28 lbs. will be a tom. It should be noted that toms share the same advantage of having a large full breast if they are over 28 lbs.


How do I store a turkey?

It is strongly recommended that you maintain an environment under 35° Fahrenheit until the bird is cooked.

I picked up a turkey and I noticed there is ice in the cavity. Is this turkey fresh?

Yes. To ensure turkeys stay fresh in the time between pickup and cooking, we use a process called chilling to keep the birds fresh. A chilled bird is colder than it would be under regular refrigeration, but not so cold that the meat freezes. By chilling the bird, any moisture in the cavity may turn to ice, while the bird itself will stay fresh. Chilling guarantees your bird will stay fresh for the 3-5 day resting period it needs before it is ready for the oven on Thanksgiving.


Can I call and make changes to my order after the Saturday deadline?

No. If you need to change something that week please come in and tell us the change in person, even at the time of sale. You can change sizes in person the day you pickup, as long as we have extra birds available. It may be impossible to reach us by telephone since the lines are very congested that week.

How long can I wait before I order?

We begin taking Thanksgiving orders on October 1st.  It is recommended that you place your order as early as possible, since we can run out of specific sizes as it gets closer to the holiday.

If I don’t order a Turkey ahead of time, can I still walk in and get one?

Due to supply and demand constraints, we cannot guarantee we will have extra turkeys available for non-orders. By ordering ahead, we can guarantee we will have a turkey available for you.

What is the best way to place my Thanksgiving order?

We accept Thanksgiving orders via phone or in person. We are unable to take Thanksgiving orders via online ordering.

What is the last day I can order?

The Saturday before Thanksgiving by phone. Walk-in orders are accepted until we are sold out.  For specialty items such as stuffed turkey breasts and Tur-duc-kens, ordering ends the Wednesday of the week before Thanksgiving.

What is the range of sizes available?

Turkeys sizes range from as small as 10 lbs. to as large as 36 lbs., depending on availability. Orders are taken in 2 lbs. increments, for example, 10 – 12 lbs., 12 – 14 lbs., 14 – 16 lbs., 16 – 18 lbs., and so on.

What size turkey do I need?

It is recommended that you get 1 lb. per person if you do not want leftovers. If you want left overs, it is suggested 1 1/2 – 2 lbs. per person. The exceptions are that a 10 – 12 lb. turkey is only recommended for a maximum of 5 – 6 people. See the size chart for a better understanding.

Pick up

Do you recommend coming on Sunday or Monday as opposed to Tuesday or Wednesday for pickup?

We highly recommend coming on the Sunday afternoon or Monday pickup days, as the store will be much less crowded than on the Tuesday or Wednesday.

On what day should I pick up my turkey?

Thanksgiving order pickup is available on the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Since turkeys need time to age and tenderize, they can be picked up as early as Sunday and are guaranteed to be good on Thanksgiving Day.