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Originally published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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Skagit farms raise free-range turkeys

Some Skagit Valley farmers who raise free-range turkeys say it's more expensive and not as easy as raising other poultry.

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. —

Some Skagit Valley farmers who raise free-range turkeys say it's more expensive and not as easy as raising other poultry.

George and Eiko Vojkovich raised 300 turkeys this year at their Skagit River Ranch in Sedro-Woolley. It specializes in pasture-raised beef and organic pork, chicken and eggs.

Eiko Vojkovich told the Skagit Valley Herald ( http://is.gd/BGK0A2) the main reason they raise turkeys is customer demand. George Vojkovich says they're harder to raise than chickens. They're more sensitive to the elements and need more protection from the cold, wind and rain to stay alive and disease-free.

Baby turkeys are often victims of their mother's own feet in the nest. Turkeys also are picked off by coyotes, raccoons, owls and eagles.

The Vojkoviches sell their turkeys for $7 a pound.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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